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The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 53, Number 1 

Dreams become reality at CLU 

In a tough econ- 
omy, projects are 
still on track 

completed and a ribbon cutting 
ceremony is set for Feb.20 of this 
year. Upon its opening, the pool 
will be open to the community 
members in addition to acting as 
a warm-up pool for athletes. 

Near the new pool is the 

Poulson Tennis. Center, the 

new home to the tennis courts 

previously located on Faculty 

Street. The courts have been 

Changes are coming to the open to the CLU tennis teams 

California Lutheran University since their return to campus. An 

campus. official dedication is scheduled 

A new residence hall, for Feb. 21. 
community swimming pool and "It is exciting that the university 
more on-campus parking spaces is financially strong enough to 
are just some of the construction continue these projects," said Bill 

By Natasha Spiroff 
Echo Staff Writer 

projects that 
are planned to 
contribute to 
the growth of 

Two of the 
most recently 
projects are the 
pool and the 
Poulson Tennis Center. 

The Conejo Recreation and 
Park District and the city of 
Thousand Oaks teamed up 

"I think universities 
need to take a leader- 
ship role in being good 
stewads of the earth." 

— Ryan Van Ommeren 

Rosser vice 
president of 
student affairs. 
"It is great not 
to have to stop 
because of lack 
of financial 

The Swenson A construction worker carries a ladder through the second floor of Trinity Hall The building is expected to be 

Center for ready for the Fall 2009 semester. 


Excellence, the campus' first for a building project to gain U.S. Green Building Council. 

LEED-certified (Leadership LEED certification the building The decision to make the 

in Energy and Environmental must meet the green building Swenson Center a LEED-certified 

Design) building, will be built and performance measures as building fits in with the goals of 

with CLU to build the new in the space previously occupied outlined in the 'Green Building CLU's Sustainability Task Force, students. 

to begin construction. The 
two-story building will contain 
improved broadcasting facilities, 
a newsroom and classrooms for 

pool. Construction has been by the tennis courts. In order Rating System' developed by the 

a group of CLU faculty and The new facilities building will 

administrators that share the provide more storage space for 

desire to make the university the facilities department and 

more eco-friendly. create 113 new parking spaces 

"I think universities need to for general-campus use. 

take a leadership role in being Junior Andrew Walker is 

good stewards of the earth" looking forward to the additional 



said Ryan Van 
associate vice 
for facility 
planning in an 
issue of 

the CLU 

The new 

"It's exciting that the 
University is financially 
strong enough to con- 
tinue these projects..." 

— Bill Rosser 

parking that is 
coming to the 
CLU campus. "I 
am very excited. 
It's always a toss 
up whether or 
not you're going 
to find a good 
place to park," 
he said. "I've 
just resorted 

Swenson Center is on track for everywhere so I don't lose my 

the ground breaking ceremony spot." 

to take place this spring. In addition to the parking 

In addition to the pool and the spaces connected to the new 

new tennis center, North Campus facilities building, Trinity Hall 

i hy [>oug Barnctl 

A construction worker cuts pieces of wood in front of Trinity Hall In tough economic times CLU is hopeful for 
Trinity Hall to be completed on time in Fall 2009, 

will soon be the home to the new 
KCLU Broadcast Center and 
Facilities buildings and the Early 
Childhood Center. 
The KCLU project is still in 

will also make more spaces 
available to students. 

For more information on 
CLU construction projects, 
visit the construction Web site 

its fundraising stage but is close at 
to the amount that is needed construction. 


Dance team 
finishes year 
with a sixth 
place win. 


Students lead 
worship dur- 
ing Common 

! Kingsmen 
look for 
against Oxy. 

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February 4, 2009 

Quick connections 
on CLU's campus 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Lord of Life student 
congregation encouraged students 
to "come connect with people new 
and old" in its annual "Connect in 
60 Seconds" event last Wednesday. 

The informal meet and greet was 
"like speed dating, but cooler" as 
the promotions advertised. 

The set-up was simple: 
introduce yourself, usually the 
most awkward part, and the 
question for conversation was 
asked. Then, you were left to your 
own devices to chat away. The 
answers, sometimes predictable, 
would slowly turn less awkward 
and deviate to side conversations, 
even with a few- follow-up 
questions once in a while. After 
about a minute or so, participants 
would rotate to a new friendly face 
to meet. 

"My friend invited me and 
I thought it sounded fun," 
sophomore Amber McGaw said. 
"It 'was so awesome to meet some 
new people and the cookies were 
good too!" 

However, for some it was a 
chance to reconnect and catch up. 

"I just got back from studying 
abroad in Australia and I wanted 

to meet new people," junior 
Stephanie Crabe said. "I have been 
feeling like I don't know anybody 
on campus so I decided to come 
with my friend." 

The cookie break in the middle 
allowed most participants to 
retreat to familiar faces and helped 
others to make a get-away through 
the front door, but some stayed to 
chat some more. 

Senior Daniel Fernandez, an 
organizer for the event and a 
member on the Lord of Life 
Council, said the group wanted 
to provide an outlet for students 
interested in meeting new people. 

"This event was very successful," 
Fernandez said. "Although we 
had more students last semester, 
with many more freshmen 
participating and wanting to meet 
other students." 

The Lord of Life Council will be 
organizing events like this one in 
the future so students have more 
opportunities to get to know their 

However, every week the council 
provides students a chance to 
connect through worship with 
the Sunday evening Lord of Life 
congregation service and common 
ground on Wednesday nights. 

"The Word" is now accepting 
2009 submissions. If you do 
photography, write poetry, 
draw, paint, or journal 
and would like your work 
published, please feel free to 
submit your work today! 

Send your work to: 

Chaz Hodges at Chodgex@c 


Assistant Editor, 

Jakie Rodriguez at 

> by Eric Vaughn 

Lion Dancers captivate the audience with their traditional dance. 

Chinese celebrate 
New Year with an Ox 

By Kelsey McBride 

Echo Staff Writer 

Students at California Lutheran 
University embraced the year of the 
Ox by celebrating the Chinese New 
Year in the Lundring Events Center 
on Friday. 

Chinese food, calligraphy, 
paintings, musicians, dancers, Tai 
Ji, artists and an acupuncturist were 
displayed at the event 

"We want to introduce the 
students to the Chinese culture," 
said Debby Chang, a lecturer in 

This is Chang's third year helping 
organize this event. "The turn out 
doubles every year," she said. 

She teaches many Chinese classes 
at CLU. 

"I think teaching a language is not 
enough, you have to show them the 
culture," she said. 

This is the year of the Ox. The 
Ox years are 1913, 1925, 1937, 
1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 and 1997. 
According to Chinese Zodiac, Ox 
people are dependable and calm. 
They are good listeners and have 
very strong ideas. 

President Barack Obama, born in 
1961, is a person of the year of the 
Ox. The Ox is generally easy going, 
but they can be very stubborn and 
have a fierce temper. 

Those born in the year of the Ox 
are patient, speak little and inspire 
confidence in others. The Ox is 
smart, trustworthy, caring and 

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 
legend about the Jade Emperor who 

invited all animals to participate in 
a race and the winners would be 
chosen as the zodiac animals. In 
the race the animals had to cross 
a river. 

Since the rat and cat cannot swim 
they hitched a ride on the back of 
the Ox. In the middle of the river 
the rat pushed the cat into the river. 

The Chinese believe this is why 
cats are afraid of water today and 
like to chase rats. 

The race determined the order of 
the zodiac signs. The rat was first, 
followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, 
dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, 

"I think teaching a lan- 
guage is not enough, you 
have to show them the 

— Debby Chang 

rooster, dog and boar. The cat was 
too late and therefore did not get a 
place in the Chinese Zodiac. Next 
year is the year of the tiger. 

Chinese culture places a great 
deal of importance on symbols. For 
New Years, people wear red because 
it's good luck. The Lundring Events 
Center was covered with red 
Chinese decorations and lanterns. 

"I need to wear more red for good 
luck," Chang said. 

The event began with a traditional 
Chinese dinner. Chinese food is the 
most important part of a traditional 
Chinese new year celebration. 
Every dish served at the event had 

Dumplings and egg rolls represent 
wealth, oranges are good luck, 
apples are peace, noodles represent 
long life and fish symbolizes 

The event was so successful that 
the Multicultural and International 
Programs ran out of food -and had 
to go purchase more. 

After dinner the event consisted of 
a traditional dance by Zhang Nan 
Dance and Acrobatic Ensemble, 
which was followed by a Tai Ji Fan 
demonstration, which is the slowest 
form of martial arts. 

Next CLU students performed a 
Chinese rap called Shuai Ge Mei 
Nu Tuan, followed by traditional 
Chinese music performed by Ze 
Cong and Zach Nelson. 

After that acupuncture, a 
traditional Chinese medicine, was 
demonstrated by Dr. Qireng Wang 
and performed on a number of 
students. One of the masters of 
ceremonies, Victor Jones, had the 
opportunity to have acupuncture 
demonstrated on him. 

"It felt good. It did not hurt at 
all. It worked. It was pretty cool," 
he said. 

The event came to an end with 
martial arts demonstrations, a hip 
hop performance and an origami 

The Multicultural and 

International Programs was very 
pleased with the turn out at the 

"Last year we had a lot of 
community members and this year 
there Were a lot more students," 
Mari Stromsvag said. 

February 4, 2009 


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New venue and look for 
leadership institution 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University will 
be holding its 1 &' annual Leadership 
Institute at the Ronald Reagan 
Presidential Library in Simi Valley 
on Saturday, Feb. 21st. 

The theme of the day will be 
"Where Are You Headed?" and 
will consist of many speakers and 
workshops dealing with a variety 
of work experience tips, ideas and 
insight into their professional 

"I hope it's a day that students can 
listen and learn from people who 
have 'been there, done that,"' said 
Amanda Whealon, coordinator for 
Student Leadership and Programs. 

This free event is open to all CLU 
students and welcomes not only 
campus leaders, but those who 
take leadership roles in all parts of 
their communities and lives, in and 
outside of school. 

"We want to branch out from the 
normal definition of leadership and 
find those who show these qualities 
in every aspect of their lives" 
Whealon said. 

The day will consist of three 
sessions and will have speakers 
from a variety of different 
professional backgrounds, 

including resume building, career 
planning and workshops to help 
you get ahead. 

Speakers include CLU alumna 
Alex Mallen, who will be advising 
on audience networking and 
Maryland Senator, "American 
Joe" discussing leadership and 
youth in politics. Dr. Rev. Howie 
Wennes will be covering servant 

"We are focusing on giving 
students the opportunity to gain 
tangible tools and information to 
help them make decisions for the 
next step of the professional and 
academic lives," Whealon said. 

Students must sign up online 
through the campus life portion of 
the CLU Web site and RSVP that 
they will be attending. Registration 
for the event is open until Feb. 19 ,h 
at 5:00 p.m. Students are required 
to RSVP to attend and lunch will 
be provided by Ronald Reagan 
Presidential Library catering staff. 

"We're hoping that this year 

will be even bigger than last year," 
said sophomore McKenzi Hurick, 
Student Leadership and Programs 

The Leadership Institute has 
typically been held on campus. 
This year, Student Leadership and 
Programs wanted to bring it off 
campus as a way to give students 
something to do in the surrounding 
area and gain valuable knowledge 
in return. 

"We have a very unexpected gift 
for people" said junior Lauren 
Anderson, Student Leadership and 
Programs intern. "Students will 
also be able to take free tours of the 
Reagan Library afterwards." 

With this year's revamp of the 
traditional on campus Leadership 
Institute, Whealon and her staff 
hope to bring a wide variety of 
participants to the event. 

"We are trying to reach out to 
all student leaders, whether it is in 
athletics, academics, clubs or their 
communities," Whealon said. 

For more information or any 
questions regarding the Leadership 
Institute please contact Whealon in 
the student life office. 

Come and see 3 time Need Veteran Wes Rodgers play his 
soul-rock-pop music, which garners unique, inspirational 
lyrics accompanied by emotionally, irresistible melodies 
that comb through his experiences with love and loss, 
fulfillment and failure, the good, the bad, and the worst. 

February I 1 , 2009 

10:10pm -SUB 

Free refreshments! 

Questions, please email 

Cal Lutheran 

^l Student Life 

More students 
for largest 
freshmen class 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

It is not uncommon to walk 
across campus and see a few 
familiar faces along the way. But 
what about the faces you don't 
recognize? These students could 
very well be one of the 70 new 
transfers that were admitted into 
California Lutheran University 
for this spring semester. 

Out of the 70 spring transfer 
students, 30 of whom are 
incoming freshmen. 

However the numbers didn't 
correlate with Orientation with 
only 20 freshman and about 20 
transfers showing. 

Five are international students 
coming from Taiwan, the 
Netherlands and Sweden. Some 
of these international transfers 
met students from CLU who were 
studying abroad in their home 

"A few of the international 
students are actually in an 
exchange program. They met CLU 
students who are abroad [in their 
country) an d were encouraged to 
come to CLU for a semester," said 
Kristin Price, assistant director for 
student life. 

Among the transfer students, 
three-fourths of them are male, 
which is unusual since the 
majority o/ incoming students 
are typically female. 

"I chose to come to CLU 
because of the location, the small 
size and the academic scholarship 
I received. I knew I wanted to 
go to college somewhere in 
southern California so CLU was 
easy to come to. Everyone's real 
friendly," said John Mussatto, a 
sophomore transfer from Kansas 
State University. 

Like incoming freshmen, 
transfer students are assigned 
transfer peer advisors to help 

them comfortably transition into 
life at CLU. This spring there are 
six peer advisors in teams of two 
per group. 

"I always tell my peer students 
to get involved on campus! 
Intramurals, clubs, service days 
and events like The Need and 
Club Lu are great ways of meeting 
new people and making new 
friends," said Kevin Holt, one of 
the transfer peer advisors and a 
former transfer student. 

The sense of unity on campus 
is a positive factor for transfer 
students, many who are coming 
from bigger universities. 

"It's really easy to get involved on 
campus, I don't feel like a number 
at this school so if you don't want 
that feel, this is the place to come 
to," Mussatto said. 

The personable atmosphere that 
surrounds the campus transfers 
over into the classrooms, as 
well. The student-teacher ratio 
is comforting; especially when 
classes aren't taught by teacher's 
assistants. Also, the abundance 
of clubs and organizations 
on campus gives students the 
opportunity to get as involved in 
the school as possible. 

"Not that I wasn't told this, 
but I think it is important to 
reiterate that there is something 
for everyone at CLU," Holt said. 
"This campus embraces its great 
diversity of students with its 
various clubs and organizations." 

The transfer peer advisor 
program is helpful because it 
is geared specifically toward 
transfers. To add even more of a 
comfortable setting, these spring 
transfer students are split up into 
their grade level. 

"Students are looking for a 
community within a community 
like CLU because that's what 
they're used to," Price said. "CLU 
has a small community feel." 

Annual Black History Month 
Open Mic Night! 

Come and show respect to the present and past 

African American Leaders and Hero's. It will be 

a night of poetic expression, food, and fun ! 

It will take place Wednesday, February 11, 2009. 
At 7:00pm. in the SUB. 

For more info, contact Chaz Hodges at 

California Lutheran University 

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February 4, 2009 

Around the Campus 



February 4 



February 5 



February 6 



February 7 

Sustainability in Action: 
Greening Lessons Learned 
from the Democratic National 

4 p.m. SUB 

The Need: Justin Klump 

10 p.m. SUB 

100 Days Party 

8 p.m. Sunset Hills Country Club 

Nordic Spirit Symposium 

5:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Athletics Food Drive 

5 p.m. Gilbert Sports and 
Fitness Center 



Febraury 8 


February 9 



February 10 

Next week on campus 

Lord of Life Student 

6:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 



"All our dreams can 
come true, if we have 
the courage to pursue 

~ Walt Disney 


Justin Klump 

Justin's sound combines sophisticated guitar 
playing, with acoustic Folk-Pop tendencies. 















February 4, 2009 

Free refreshments! 

Questions, please email 

tCal Lutheran 

%i Student Lift 


1. Baseball players are usually safe 

5. Leather object worn on hand to 
catch baseballs. 

6. Metal or wooden object used to 
hit the bat. 

7. Hat worn by baseball players. 

8. A ball hit out of bounds. 

10. Player who throws the ball over 
the home plate. 

13. The area between the three bases 
and home plate. 


1 . A game played on a diamond. 

2. A baseball game has nine such 

3. Catches the ball thrown by the 

4. The area of the field furthest from 
the batter and outside the diamond. 
9. Calls balls and strikes. 

1 1 . Group of people playing a 

12. When a player can run around 
all the bases on just one hit. 

California Lutheran University 

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February 4, 2009 

Students grow spiritually at Common Ground 

By Michelle Schwartz 
Echo Staff Writer 

Every week students can at- 
tend a relaxing and musically- 
charged event to take a break 
from classes and stress. 

One of the possibilities on the 
California Lutheran University 
campus is Common Ground, 
the student-led religious gath- 
ering where about 70 students 
shared fellowship last Wednes- 

This mid-week event is a re- 
laxing time for students to take 
a break from their classes and 

"[Common GroTmd] 
gives me the chance to 
find a sense of peace 
that is so easily lost in 
daily life." 

— Lindsay Riddle 


Kyle Hansen, a senior at CLU, 
is one of the leaders of Com- 
mon Ground, and has been 
involved in the program since 
his freshman year. 

"Common Ground has helped 
in times of need " Hansen said, 
"When stress levels get too 
high either because of school 
or friends I always could rely 
on Wednesday nights. I knew 

I would walk back to my dorm 
room with a smile on my face." 

Every week at Common 
Ground, one student leads a de- 
votional and shares a personal 
story about his or her religion 
or relationship with God. 

Along with the devotional 
there is communion, prayer 
and music. 

Music plays a big part of 
Common Ground. 

CLU students Lindsey Riddle, 
Katey Wade and Karen Emmert 
lead the music this past week. 
Riddle, a senior, says she feels 
blessed to be able to use her 
gifts to make help make Com- 
mon Ground happen. 

"It gives me the weekly chance 
to gather with my peers in the 
presence of God and find a 
sense of peace that is so eas- 
ily lost in the busy routines of 
daily life." 

The theme of Common 
Ground, being a break from the 
busy week, is popular among 
most of the students I talked to 
that attend the event. 

For junior Katey Wade, Com- 
mon Ground is a great spiritual 
and musical outlet that she can 
enjoy with her peers. 

"We're able to come together 
with the same burdens and 
stresses and really let them go," 
said Wade. 


Photo by Eric Vaughn 
shares communion with Katey Wade at Common Ground, a meeting for prayer, worship and song. 

This religious community has 
really grown over the last few 
years at CLU. 

For Hansen, it has been great 
to see the event really bloom. 

"We try to keep Common 
Ground an open atmosphere 
and will always keep the doors 
open to anyone that wants lo 
simply test it out," said Hansen. 

Wade, who studied abroad 
this past fall, came back to a 

very crowded service. 

"I'm used to crowds of about 
30-50 " said Wade, "I came back 
to visit people before winter 
break this year and help lead 
with Karen and Lindsey and it 
was insane!" 

Common Ground regulars are 
pleased to see the event becom- 
ing more popular for students. 
"Running out of space at a 
church service is a wonderful 

problem to have," said Riddle, 
"My co-leaders [ Karen Em- 
mert and Kyle Hansen] are re- 
ally great at inviting people and 
spreading the word. 

I think that is why Common 
Ground has grown this year." 

For more information 
about Common Ground,, 

CLU team dances its way to success 

The CLU Dance Team performing t 
girls' basketball game. 

By Jen Reissman 

Echo Staff Writer 

Once again, the women on 
the CLU Dance Team have 
proven themselves by placing 
6 ,h in the nation in the College 
Cheerleading and Dance National 

Upon arrival at the Walt Disney 
World Resort in Florida, the CLU 
Dance Team was ranked 18 out of 
38 teams. 

Emily Cowles, who is one of the 
senior co-captains, explained that 
gettirjg to nationals wasn't an easy 
process and there was a lot to do 
in order to get there. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan 
i unison during halftime of the CLU 

To qualify for nationals and 
receive a ranking the team had to 
record their routines and send it 
in for the preliminary rounds to 
the competition. 

Besides for sending in the 
preliminary video, there was also 
a lot of work that the women 
'had to do in order to prepare for 

Fina Lopez, who is also one of 
the senior co-captains, said that 
there was a lot of fundraising that 
the team did and that they were 
lucky enough to have almost all 
their expenses paid for by their 
fundraising efforts. 

Their biggest fundraiser is 

ongoing throughout the year and 
is held at Borderline Bar and Grill, 
said Lopez. 

Another event that they held 
that helped the dance team out 
was the fundraiser they held at 
Outback Steakhouse. 

In order to get the ranking they 
did at nationals a lot of practice 
had to be done. 

"We practice three days a week 
and come back early in August 
and January," said Kelly Butler, 
senior co-captain. 

At nationals they competed in 
two different competitions, hip- 
hop and jazz. 

The team hired someone to 
help choreograph the routines for 
nationals so that they would be 
unique and exciting for people to 
watch and enjoy. 

Lopez explained that the jazz 
routines are a lot more technical 
than the hip-hop routines but 
both are still fun to do. 

The team competed in the open 
division category. 

In the jazz portion of the 
competition they competed 
against 30 other teams and in the 
hip-hop portion they competed 
against 24 other teams. 

The women were just a few 
points off from making it into the 
finals for the jazz competition but 
out of the 24 teams that competed 
in the hip-hop competition only 

16 teams went to finals and the 
CLU Dance Team was ranked 4 th 
going into the finals. 

Their performance in the final 
competition led them to 6 lh place 
in the final round. 

"Being in 6 lh place is so 
rewarding. The team that got 5 ,h 
place, Orange County College, 
are our idols so it felt amazing 
to be right next to them," said 

"The whole competition was 
just awesome, I mean it was at 
Disney World!" 

The women feel so privileged 
that they were able to compete 
against so many other great teams 
from across the country. 

The team expressed excitement 
over getting a chance to go to 
Disney World to compete. 

"Well it was my fourth year 
going but still as fun as ever," said 

Try-outs for the 2009-2010 
competition team will be held 
mid-April. For more information 
about the dance team e-mail 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 


Candice CerTo 


Josh Moskowitz 


Margaret Nolan 

Scott Beebe 

Laura Kearns 

Doug Bamett 



Alisse Gregson 

Dr. Steve Ames 

Marshall Johnson 
Brooke Hall 
Zach McVicker 

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February 4, 2009 

Immigration examined in award-winning film 

By Amanda Lovett 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Sundance Film Festivals 
best documentary of 2000, "Well- 
Founded Fear," which focuses on 
the immigration process of gaining 
asylum in the US., was presented in 
the Reel Justice Documentary Series 
last week. 

The event was co-sponsored by the 
Center for Equality and Justice and 
Student Leadership Programs. 

The film, by Shari Robertson and 
Michael Camerini, sheds light on 
both sides of the spectrum of the 
Immigration and Naturalization 
Service and the immigrant stories of 
people who are trying to gain asylum 
to live legally in the US. 

"A film like this gives us perspective 
on what we have, and what people 
go through to be in this country? said 
Dr. Don Waisanen, communication 

Adjudicating immigration officers 
decide the fete of immigrants who 
have fled their home country on the 
basis that it would not be safe for them 
to return home due to persecution. 

If an immigrant's story is judged to 
be a legitimate one of persecution due 
to politics or religion in their home 
country, the person is granted asylum 
and can begin the path to citizenship 
in the US. 

However, if the person is initially 
rejected due to circumstances or 
insufficient credibility, he or she is 
referred to an immigration judge for 
a decision. 

According to the documentary, only 
one out of five cases that are referred 
to an immigration judge are granted 


"When you read 
these files, you 
remember just 

how important the 
decisions we make 
are," said Gerald 
Brown, an INS 
officer featured in the 

Another officer 
shared his feelings 
regarding an 

immigrant in a 
desperate situation 
that was not credible 
enough to grant asylum. 

"The hardest thing about this job is 
the things we can never say? he said 

Another INS officer remarked on 
his decision to refer a woman from 
Algeria, a decision he made almost 

"Strictly to better their lives is not 
grounds for asylum ," he said 

Among the immigrants who were 
granted protection included a man 
who had been beaten and tortured in a 
prison for weeks because of his military 

The INS officers based their decisions 
on whether the answers the immigrants 
provided were plausible, and if there 
was an affirmative threat to their lives 
due to legitimate persecution. 

Some of the cases that were referred 
to an immigration judge were 
eventually granted asylum including 
the woman from Algeria who was 
persecuted due to her religion. The case 
was granted based on a mistake that 
the INS officer made in accusing her of 
insufficient credibility. 

For some students at California 
Lutheran University, such as senior 
Cheyanne Anderson, who was in 
charge of the advertisement and 
showing of the 
these stories are 
ones that they have 
heard before. 

"This film 

was really, really 
Anderson said 
"All I could think about was a friend 
of mine who is here on asylum and is 

In toda/s society it is estimated that 
there are 1.1 million people who are 
trying to achieve refuge in the U.S. 

"This could be us. We are all citizens 
of the world," Waisanen said "It gives 
us the imagination to step into each 
other's shoes and see what they have to 
go through and the complexity of the 
immigration process." 

Documentaries are shown at least 

once a month in the Student Union 

Building. Future showings will include 

"Negro Zone" on Feb. 10 in honor of 

Black History Month, "Sicko" on Feb. 

17, "The Gleaners and I" on March 3 

and"Go Further" on April 14. 

"All of the 

In today's society it is documentaries 

estimated that there are m ldevant to 

1.1 million people who ^^ *»**" 
i. of the pieces of our 

are trying to achieve v 

c • J. tto i world Not just the 

refuge in the U.S. alone. 

issues, but visually 


life experiences," 

said Kristin Price, event coordinator. 

"These documentaries allow us to 

being questioned of his refugee status, start thinking outside the box at this 

So it hit really dose to home." university?' 

Friends, hors d' oeuvres, memories and cheers... join us to 
celebrate the past four years! 

SENIORS! Come dance the night away at Sunset Hills Country 

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appetizers will be served along with the opportunity to 

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The Echo - Page 7 

Safety first for alumni sheriff 

By Emily Peterson 
Echo Staff Writer 

Cmdr. Jeff Matson, a former 
manager of the sheriff's 
department's Technical 

Services Bureau in Thousand 
Oaks, is being appointed as the 
new police chief. 

Matson is a California 
Lutheran University alumnus 
and graduated with a master's 
in public administration in 
2003. He received his bachelor's 
in business administration 
from CSU Northridge. 

Dedicated to his career and 
familiar with the local area, 
this former assistant chief of 
police at the Thousand Oaks 
and Moorpark departments 
has been working with the 
Thousand Oaks department 
since 1983 and is embarking 
with a new job title starting 
in 2009. 

"Jeff is highly capable and 
very professional," said Dr. 
Herbert Gooch, the director 
of Masters in Public Policy and 
a professor in political science 
at CLU. "We are very proud of 
him," he said. 

Jeff Matson is replacing police 
chief Cmdr. Dennis Carpenter 
as Carpenter accepts a position 
as chief deputy of the Ventura 

County Sheriff's Department 

Matson was chosen for the 
police chief position from a list 
of candidates by Scott Mitnick, 
city manager, which was given 
to him by VCSD officials. 

"Jeff's extensive experience, 
intimate knowledge of the 
Thousand Oaks community 
and proven track record make 
him the ideal candidate to 
build upon our foundation 

"Jeff's extensive experi- 
ence, intimate knowl- 
edge of the Thousand 
Oaks community and 
proven track record 
make him the ideal can- 
didate ." 

■ Scott Mitnick 

of world-class public safety," 
Scott Mitnick said, according 
to the Ventura County Star. 

"The City Council and the 
entire city organization look 
forward to working with Jeff 
to provide the high levels of 
public safety service that this 
community expects." 

Matson's impressive 

background includes working 
in detention services, patrol 

services, on the SWAT team 
and in forensic and photo, 

"He comes with a really 
strong portfolio for this 
position," Sheriff Bob Brooks 
said, according to the Ventura 
County Star. "It's a real logical 
position for him in terms of 
expanding his career." 

Maintaining the strong 
relationships that exist 
between the police department 
and the businesses, schools and 
residents is a task that Matson 
hopes to accomplish. He plans 
to be persistent in expanding 
the programs for the parents 
and youth in the community. 

Along with educational 
programs, Matson declared 
that traffic safety is an ongoing 
priority for the department in 
Thousand Oaks. 

Thousand Oaks is a proactive 
leader in development of 
law enforcement. The cities 
of Moorpark and Thousand 
Oaks contract with the 
Sheriff's Department for law 
enforcement, Thousand Oaks 
being the largest. 

Since 1965, the Police 
Department continues to be" 
committed and is determined 
to provide the best possible 
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"My parents told me 
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No such thing as stupid questions 

Today's topic is something 

you've heard before and you'll 

hear again: "There are no stupid 

questions." We accept that 

statement without reservation, 

especially here, in the world of 

But outside the 

academia world, 

sometimes there's 

a fine line between 

the logical and the 

absurd, especially 

when it comes to New 

Year's resolutions. 
Take, for instance, 

I decided to live a 

more healthy and 
active lifestyle. This 
is a more practical 
goal than losing x amount of 
For one thing, x is too many. 

The latter resolution 

would have easily led to 
disappointment and I've already 
had my quota of unfulfilled 
New Year's resolutions thus far 
in life. 

Back to my resolution for this 
year. I'm working out regularly 
and have resisted fast food. Good 
thing, too, because Burger King 
has been advertising the "Angry 
Whopper" that bites back. I 

don't like confrontations, 
especially with hamburgers, so 
this is a double-win for me. 

Right about now, you're 
probably asking, "Kevin, 
what does any of this have to 
do with 'There are no stupid 
questions'?" To which 
I reply, "Patience 
is a virtue so keep 
reading," and "How 
many quote marks 
are too many?" 

My decision to 
get active and eat 
healthier required 
some research, such 
as, "Which exercises 
burn the most 

calories?" and "Which 

fruits and vegetables 
are most beneficial?" and 
"What kind of water should I 
be drinking?" 

These are not stupid 
questions, are they? (What 
about that last one?) 

Some people say water 
is water is water, which is 
probably one too many. 
Others would disagree. 

Studies have shown that 
there's no significant 

difference between tap and 
bottled water. But people 
do have their personal 


For me, I've always preferred 
generic bottled water. Unlike 
the distinction between generic 
and brand-name cola, I can't 
taste the difference between 
generic and brand-name water. 

Getting to the point, people 
have their preferences in water: 
Aquafina, Dasani, Arrowhead, 
etc. Another popular brand, 
although pricey, is Fiji. 

As an astute columnist who 
does research to better serve 
you, my loyal readers, I recently 
visited Fiji's Web site so that this 
column wouldn't be watered 
down (pun intended). 

I was surprised at what I 
found in Fiji's FAQ section. 
For those of you who don't 

If the marketing folks 
at Fiji are smart, 
they'll soon introduce 
"Diet Fiji" to save us the 
trouble of asking that 

know, FAQ is an acronym for 
Frequently Asked Questions. 
In other words, these are 

questions that have been asked 
repeatedly. And some of them 
are nonsensical. 

"Is Fiji water kosher?" 
Thankfully, the answer is yes. 
(There have been too many 
times when I drank water that 
tasted like salted pork. It's 
good to know that Fiji is on 
top of this.)' 

"How many calories does 
Fiji water contain?" For 
people concerned about their 
weight, the answer is zero. 
(But if the marketing folks 
at Fiji are smart, they'll soon 
introduce "Diet Fiji" to save 
us the trouble of asking that 

"Can I drink Fiji water if 
I'm pregnant, or nursing?" 
Of course (assuming you're 
not spiking it with tequila or 

"Can I freeze Fiji water?" We 
can only assume this question 
was asked by folks who missed 
the "three states of water" 
lesson in school. 

In conclusion, if you are ever 
asked, "True or false: There 
are no stupid questions," the 
answer is false. 
Absolutely false. 
That question in itself is a 
stupid question. 

How to 


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Confessions of a car salesman 


information on 
how to purchase 
the perfect car in a 
savvy way 

I am a car salesman. 
Ladies quit clutching your 

Gentlemen, please, those 
white knuckles you have 
wrapped around your wallet 
aren't flattering. 

I am not trying to rob you, 
or sell you anything. 

Quite the contrary 
actually. * 

On the totem 
pole of life, car 
salespeople rank 

somewhere between 
child molesters and 

I think tax 

auditors are in there 
somewhere also, 

especially this time 
of the year when they 
have everyone on 
Perhaps I'm trying to change 

that perception or just 
trying to reduce my karmic 
weight but I'm going to 
teach you how to buy a car. 
There are lots of different 
resources out there all 
professing to know how to 
buy a car. 

You can buy books, check 
out Web sites and I'm sure 
a lot of you have a friend or 
two who knows a guy who 
knows a guy that can get 
you a screamin' deal. 

Most of these resources 
are pretty good and most 
of them leave a thing or two 

I give three Essential Car 
luying Tips. 


Tip #1: 

Research, until 
your eyes bleed. 

The better 

educated you are 
on the options 
you have the less 
likely it is you'll 
get bent over the 
sales desk and 
taken advantage 


Prior to stepping foot in 
the dealership you should 


A.JYour credit score. 

Preferably from all three 
reporting bureaus, Experian, 
TransUnion and Equifax. 

B.JWhat interest rate to 
expect, get quotes from at 
least three different banks. 

C.) How much the car 
you're interested in buying 
is selling for. Again, three 
quotes minimum. 

Dealer internet sites are 
usually the best place to get 

(If you have trade-in 
research, bring that too. 

Will you sell it privately or 
is it easier/better to sell to 
the dealership?) 

Tip #2: Be reasonable and 

Don't go into a dealership 
and offer some ridiculously 
low figure and act offended 
when the salesperson can't 
come anywhere near it. 

Typically there is anywhere 
from 6-12 percent markup 
from dealer invoice to 
Manufacturer's Suggested 
Retail Price (MSRP), more 

Don't go into a deal- 
ership and offer 
some ridiculously low 
figure and act offended 
when the salesperson 
can't come anywhere 
near it. 

commonly referred to as the 
"sticker price." 

More expensive cars have 
more profit built into them. 
For example, a $60,000 
Escalade may have $10,000 
of profit built in to it. A 
$15,000 Sentra, maybe $800. 
Remember, the dealership 
is a business; just like any 
business, they need to make 
a profit. 

You should decide 

what amount of profit is 
reasonable for them to make 
off of you. 

Many dealers will show you 
their invoice if you request 
to see it. Make an offer off of 
that not the MSRP. 


Tip #3: Don't 
emotionally involved. 

Buying a car, new or 
otherwise, Is a special, albeit 

stressful and exciting thing. 
It's usually done only once 

every few years and is the 

biggest purchase most of us 

will make next to buying a 

It's easy to get wrapped up 

in the process and succumb 

to "the ether." 
"The ether" is a result of 

the new car smell and the 

test drive. 
Think of it as afterglow. 
It is that strong, 

overwhelming wave of 

emotion voiced in your head 
saying "I need this now and I 
need it no matter what!" 

As difficult as it may be, do 
not, I repeat do not, justify 
payments that are too high 
or terms that are too long 
just because "you have to 
have it." 

Other deals will come, some 
worse, some better anytime 
you choose to look. 

You don't need this "right 

Good luck, good shopping 
and good negotiating. 

'"Nathan Hoyt has been 
selling cars in the area for 
the last 3 H years. 

February 4, 2009 


The Echo - Page 9 

Beth knows best: long-distance love 

Do you ever have those 
burning questions eating 
away at you that you don't 
want to ask, but really still 
want to have answered? 
Look no further... that's 
what this column is here 

Have questions or need 
advice on relationships, 
CLU policies or traditions, 
campus activities, dorm life, 
things in the surrounding 
community or college life in 

Just ask me. name it; 
I'll try to answer it. 

Just recently, I had a 
friend ask me if she was 
moving too slowly in her 

She and her 

partner weren't 

even thinking about 
getting engaged, 

let alone getting 
married. However 
she was worrying 
something was 

wrong because it 
seemed like so many 
of their friends were 
engaged or planning 

In a case like 
this, it's important to 
remember that each person 
is different. 

Just because some people 
seem ready to get engaged 
or be married, doesn't mean 
you are. 

In fact, some people 
lead great lives without 


Many students at CLU are 
just in a stage in their lives 
now where they're thinking 
about the future and for some 
of us that means marriage. 

Some say this is due to the 
economy, some say it's just 
love in the air and some will 
tell you that it's just all the 
baby boomers' kids finally 
growing up. 

Others believe it's a small, 
private school thing. 

However, just because 
many of your friends are 
thinking about engagement 
or marriage does not mean 
you have to. 

Everyone's relationship 

moves at a different pace, 
and everyone has 
different needs 

and goals for the 

Don't feel like 
you need to jump 
on the bandwagon. 
Just do what's 
right for your 
partner and you. 

Realize that this 

"new wave of 

comes with hordes of 
critiques too. 

In my own case, some people 
tell me I'm too young to even 
think about being engaged 
and people are judging my 

I got asked how my fiance, 
Tyler, could even afford the 

ring right off the bat. 
I think that is just rude. 

When people start asking 
these questions one may 
start to think, "Well, am I 
too young for this?" 

My answer? No, I'm 21 and 
engaged, no big deal. 

I'm ready for it. 

My fiance" and I were at 
a point in our relationship 
where we wanted to make 
that commitment to each 

Our wedding won't happen 
for another year and a half 
to two years. 

Yes, it's a long engagement, 
but I think it will be nice. 

It will give me plenty of 
time to plan a spectacular 
wedding and allow me 
to graduate before I get 

To all of you engaged 
couples, I say congratulations 
and enjoy it. 

It's a special time in your 

To those of you who 
aren't ready to think about 
engagement or marriage yet, 
I say don't worry. 

You're not strange or 
moving too slowly; you have 
to do what's right for you. 

Another recent question 
I was asked by a friend 
of mine was, "Beth, I am 
currently in a long-distance 
relationship and I know that 
you're currently in one; how 
do you make it work?" 

Honestly, I feel you get out 

of a relationship whatever 
you put into it. 
If you really and truly like 

When you do see 
each other, cher- 
ish your time together, 
but don't forget to in- 
clude friends and family 
in that time. 

or even love someone, one 
will usually do whatever it 
takes to make it work. 

At first, it may seem 
stressful and a lot of work, 
which don't get me wrong, it 
is, but at the same time it's 
all worth it. 

I've found that Skype and 
the Internet are wonderful 
and less expensive ways to 
keep in touch. 

My real advice is just talk 
about your day. 

Just act like he or she is 
right there with you. 

Tyler loves to just hear 
about my day and stuff I did 
around campus. 

When you do see each 
other, cherish your time 
together, but don't forget to 
include friends and family in 
that time. 

It's hard to remember to 
do that especially if you 
don't get to see each other 
that often. 

It is, however, important 
to remember to keep 
others involved in your 

Without your friends and 
family supporting you, how 
would you get through this 
long-distance relationship 

I can't imagine myself 
without Tyler in my life. 

He is stationed in 
Schwienfurt, Germany, 

as a combat medic and 
paratrooper in the U.S. 

It does take time and effort 
to make a long-distance 
relationship work, but, as I 
said before, it's worth it. 

If you care about someone 
that much, how can you let 
them go? 

I would like to hear more 
from you on topics you'd 
like to see covered in future 
columns, questions you've 
been dying to ask or things 
about which you don't have 
a clue but would like to 
know about. 

Here's your chance to 
get some free advice and 
information about anything 
CLU or any issues that 
concern you. 

Just e-mail me at 
or The Echo at 

You can also drop you 
questions in the mail slot at 
The Echo office. 

1 want to make this column 
relevant to you. 

I'm here to help with any 
problems you may face, you 
just have to ask. 

1 00 Days away from life 

Be patient, but persis- 
tent when looking for 
jobs after graduation 

When I tore open the 
invitation for the seniors' 100 
Days Party, I was overcome 
with bittersweet emotion. 

On one hand, 100 days from 
now, I will receive my college 

On the other hand, 
100 days from now, 
I will receive my 
college diploma. 

It is the final 
semester for seniors 
and many of us are 
struggling to grip 
the reality of college 
ending, the loans we 
have to pay back, the 
new bills and trying 
to find a career in a 
failing economy. 

Just thinking about it makes 
my heart race and my hands 
slide off my laptop from 

Why is it that we are 
allowing ourselves to stress 
over the idea that we will be 
forced to move back home 
with our parents, be jobless 
and unsuccessful? 

What a painful thought. 
It can't be right, all this hard 
work and money paid for 

I can't accept this fate, I 
refuse to, and the rest of you 
shouldn't either. 

The truth is, college graduates 
are in the best position during 
this economic downfall. 

According to research 

conducted this past December 
by the Public 

Policy Institute 

of California, the 
economic demands 
will increase earnings 
and employment 

opportunities for 

workers with a college 

Also, our state's need 
for college- educated 
workers is outpacing 

the state's ability to 

produce them. 
At last a beam of hope shines 
on us all. 

The PPIC's research continues 
to say that 41 percent of 
California workers will need 
a bachelor's degree to meet 
the state's projected economic 
demand in 2025. 

I realize that this information 
does not say "finding a job will 
be easy." 

I don't believe finding a job 
is ever easy. 

What these facts are saying 
is there are jobs available 
for college graduates, and 
blaming the economic state 
we're in is not an excuse. 

We have to research job 
openings, schedule interviews 
and be patient, but persistent. 

All of us at CLU should be 
utilizing Career Services (and 
it's not just for seniors). 

For the people who haven't 
met the Cynthias that work 
in the department, I would 
suggest it, and soon. 

They are incredibly helpful 
and offer loads of insight. 

They have dedicated their 
livelihood in order to secure 

The late NFL coach, Vincent 
Lombardi, put it rather 
nicely saying, "The difference 
between a successful person 
and the others is not a lack 
of strength, not a lack of 
knowledge, but rather a lack 
of will." 

I feel the anxiety lifting, 
the sweat drying and the 
opportunities rising. 

I have to admit I'm now 
quite eager to attend the 100 
Days Party. 

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Occidental * 

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La Sierra 

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1 1 a.m. 

Shade denotes home game. * Conference Game. DH= Double Header. 

Steelers reign supreme 

Cory Schuett 

A vintage Pittsburgh Steelers 
performance resulted in a 27-23 
victory over an unexpected and 
ultimately inferior opponent in 
Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. 

The Arizona Cardinals, like five 
other Super Bowl losing teams 
before them, could not break the 
Steelers' dominating defense well 
enough and could 
not stop their efficient 
offense when it counted 

One play by the 
defense, a 100-yard 
interception return 
for a touchdown by 
linebacker James 

Harrison, kept the 
Cardinals from taking 
the lead before halftime 
and shifted the momentum in the 
Tampa Bay air to the side of the 

Santonio Holmes, the game's 
MVP, kept his toes inbounds with 
35 seconds remaining in the fourth 
quarter for the game-winning 
touchdown reception, all but 
officially ending a noble Arizona 
comeback attempt. 

In the end, the Steelers proved 
once again why they are the 
premiere franchise in the National 
Football League. 

Coming from a Cleveland as a 
Browns fan (hey, you can't choose 
where you were born), that's saying 
a lot. 

The Steelers' blueprint has been 
amazingly successful in recent 
decades, giving them the league's 
most championships and the third 
most Hall of Fame inductees. The 

Cardinals are still, the same old 
heart-breaking Cardinals. 

Since the NFL merger in 1 970, the 
Steelers have amassed 363 regular . 
season wins, 24 playoff appearances, 
1 9 division tides, played in 1 3 AFC 
championship games and won six 
Super Bowls (1974, 1975, 1978, 
1979, 2005 and 2009) in seven 
appearances. All of 
these stats rank at or 
near the top of the 

Think stability 

and continuity are 

important? There have 

only been two new 

head coaches hired in 

Pittsburgh since 1970. ' 

In comparison, the 

Atlanta Falcons have 

had three different head coaches in 

the last year. 

And the ownership of the Steelers 
has remained in the committed 
family of Art Rooney since he 
founded the team in 1933. 

Names including Terry Bradshaw, 
Lynn Swann and Jack Lambert, and 
phrases like "the Steel Curtain" and 
"the Immaculate Reception" give 
the Steelers one of the best histories 
in the NFL. 

Now Ben Roethlisberger, Hines 
Ward and Troy Polamalu make 
Pittsburgh the preeminent 
professional football franchise. 

Their fans, though not tested with 
many losing seasons, are among 
the best in the country, often 
turning other teams' stadiums into 
a Steelers' Terrible Towel-waving 
mob. They have sold out every 
home game since the 1972 season. 

Harrison, who was named 
league's Defensive Player of the 
Year, perfecdy exemplifies the 
Steelers' model for success. 

As an undersized player out of 
Kent State, hardly an NFL breeding 
ground, Harrison was not selected 
in the 2002 NFL Draft. 

After seven years in the Pittsburgh 
system, he is now a two-time All- 
Pro and a two-time Super Bowl 

"Steeler football is 60 minutes," 
head coach Mike Tomlin said 
during the presentation of the 
Vince Lombardi Trophy after the 
game. "It's never going to be pretty, 
and throw style points out the 
window. These guys will fight to 
the end." 

The style has been working for 40 
years, and it does not seem like it 
will change any time soon. 

New Year: new 
fitness outlook 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

The time of year has come to live 
out those New Year's resolutions 
of getting back into shape, to 
work off that huge Thanksgiving 
meal or that extra slice of fruitcake 
Aunt Edna baked. 

California Lutheran University's 
Fitness Center has teamed up with 
Marine and CLU Alumnus, class 
of *03, Mark Glesne, to develop 
a fitness program called Boot 

Boot Camp is a mixed class 
offered to students and staff 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
from 7-8 a.m. The five week 
class starts Feb. 2' and continues 
through March 6. The class is 
scheduled to end the last week 
before spring break a perfect time 
to have a beach body for vacation. 

"The class is targeting all 
fitness levels," said Clark Cripps, 
coordinator of Intramural Fitness 
and Recreation. "We want to 
make the physical wellness of this 
campus a priority." 

Clark and his two colleagues, 
Amanda Whealon and Josie 
Santiago worked together to 
find a way for students and staff 
to become more accustomed to 
staying in shape. Glesne will use 
calisthenics to improve fitness 
and muscle tone. Some of these 
exercises include push-ups, sit- 
ups and jumping jacks, along 
with cardio workouts like running 
stadium steps. 

"Programs like these are 
beneficial for students to take 
advantage of," senior Kathryn 
Mataya said. "More people should 
definitely realize the amount of 
opportunities that are available 
to them. Physical fitness should be 
something that everyone does on 
a daily basis." 

According to a recent study done 
by the University of California, 
Los Angeles, two-thirds of men 
(63.4 percent) and almost half 

of women (45.2 percent) are 
overweight in California. 

In 2003, the year most students 
in college now were in high 
school, a study showed that 40 
percent of female high school 
students and 27 percent of male 
high school students did not meet 
the recommended amount of 
physical activity. 

So far, the class has generated 
40 interested participants, and 
is open to anyone. The class is 
free and participants simply are 
expected to show up willing to 

In addition to installing a Boot 
Camp class this semester, the 
Forrest Fitness Center will be 
implementing a new workout 
program called Activtrax.Activtrax 
is a program co-sponsored by 
ASCLU-G. It provides a personal 
training software program for all 
undergraduate students. 

The program records 

information and what is wanted 
to be achieved with your fitness 
goals and creates workouts for 
you to keep on track. 

Activtrax will be located near the 
front desk of the Fitness Center 
and will be up and running this 
week. Sessions will begin today 
and run through the remainder 
of the week with other sessions 
during the month of February. 

With positive feedback, Cripps 
plans to run a similar program 
later in the semester and again in 
future semesters. 

For more information regarding 
Boot Camp and Activtrax, e-mail 
Clark Cripps at ccripps@calluthe 

Flyers are in the gym with 
information about other 
programs available like Yoga, 
Martial Arts, Cardio Kick, Hip 
Hop, Pilates, Core Class and Jazz 

All fitness classes are located in 
the Dance and Fitness Studio on 
the second floor of the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center. 





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Regals look to stay 

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strong at home 

By Tiffany Michaels 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Regals of California 
Lutheran University will 
begin their second round of 
SCIAC basketball competition 
tomorrow when they face 
Occidental College at 7:30 p.m. 
in the Gilbert Arena. 

Coming into the meeting the 
Regals have a record of (5-14, 3- 
5 SCIAC) while Oxy has a record 
of (14-5, 6-2 SCIAC). 

CLU is returning to action off 
of a loss to Whittier and hoping 
to turn around its season and 

"We just needed to start 
playing our game and 
come out with more 
intensity and energy." 

— Mylene Alarcon 

defeat Occidental to bring them 
closer to the SCIAC conference 

"In order for us to beat Oxy, 
we need to play together with 
great confidence and intensity, 
keep the turnovers down and 
play great team defense," senior 
guard Cheryl Lee said. 

The Occidental Tigers are 
coming off of a big win over 
Redlands Saturday night and see 
it as a big game. 

The Regals are ready to put up 
a fight to make it into the SCIAC 
finals this year. This game, along 
with those to follow, is an 
important factor in the Regals 

The Regals beat Pomona- Pitzer 
College 53-49 Thursday with a 
strong first half and a powerful 
comeback in the second period. 

CLU started off with a six- 
point deficit, but took back the 
lead with four minutes left in 
the half. 

The Regals entered the second 
half with a strong lead. 

"At halftime we realized, as a 
team, that we were playing at 
our opponent's level," Alarcon 
said. "We just needed to start 
playing our game and come 

out with more intensity and 

That is just what they did. The 
Regals started the second half 
with strong defense by junior 
team captain Kelsey Paopao. 

Pomona took the lead with 
3:47 to go in the game, 46-48, 
by the offense of the Hughes- 
Stinson sisters with a combined 
30 points. 

CLU came back with a 5-0 
scoring run by team captain, 
sophomore Kourtney Jones, to 
take the lead. 

The depth of the Regals 
basketball team was shown as 
junior Nita Sims and sophomore 
Kendra Carter combined for 
25 points which led the Regals 
to a victory. Carter played 22 
minutes and had nine points 
of her own along with five 
rebounds and two assists. 

CLU shot 22-of-64 shots from 
the field for a 34.4 shooting 

After taking it to the Sagehens, 
the Regals fell short 64-54, to 
.Whittier College. The Poets held 
CLU to a season low field goal 
percentage, shooting only 16-of- 
58 from the field. 

Jones started the game off 
strong with a three-point shot. 

However, it was the one and 
only CLU three-pointers in the 
first half (l-for-7). 

The Poets offense came on 
strong with a 20-3 run in the 
first half. 

Regal forward Sims stepped 
up in the first half with a game- 
high 14 points. 

The CLU junior had a team- 
high nine rebounds, a pair 
of assists, blocks and steals 
bringing the deficit down to 
only seven points. 

The Regals came out ready 
to even the score in the second 
half, bringing the score to 55-51 
with only 1:22 seconds left in 
the game. 

Whittier's strong point was in 
their free throws. 

As a team, they made 31 trips 
to the foul line. 

In the final 70 seconds, the 
Poets made 7-of-I0 free throws. 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

Aaron Van Klaveren-taihed a career-high 22 points against the Sagehens. 

Kingsmen look to bounce 
back against Occidental 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University men's basketball 
team will try tonight to do 
something twice in one year 
that it has not been able to do 
in the previous four. 

The Kingsmen look to knock 
off Occidental College again at 
home at 7:30 p.m. 

CLU was able to beat the 
Tigers for the first time in 
four seasons, 53-46, earlier 
this year. 

"I personally haven't beaten 
them since I've been here so it 
was good to finally get one," 
junior guard Kyle Knudsen 
said. "Hopefully the next few 
practices go well. If they do 
then we will definitely be 
prepared (for Wednesday)." 

is in a three 
-way tie for 
second place 
in the SCIAC 
standings with 
the Kingsmen 
trailing close 
behind in 




fell to Pomona-Pitzer, 69-65, 
last Wednesday. 

The Sagehens had a hot hand 
all night as they shot 7-of-10 
from three-point line in the 
first half and kept it going with 
6-of-10 shooting in the second 

The Kingsmen fell behind 
early and trailed by 1 1 midway 
.through the half. 

The Sagehens continued their 
hot streak in the second half 
and increased the lead to 19 
with 12:46 left to play. 

As time wound down, the 
Kingsmen chipped away at 
the lead when they brought 
themselves within three points 
with 52 seconds remaining on 
a three-pointer from freshman 
Aaron Van Klaveren. 

Van Klaveren had a career- 
high scoring performance with 
22 points and a 
game high 17 

Danika Brigs dished out a game-high six assists. 


With time 
Knudsen *s 
3 -pointer 
missed and 
the Sagehens 
secured the 
rebound for 

Kingsmen the win. 

struggled to keep pace in Saturday night's away game 
SCIAC standings when they didn't prove to be any easier 

as the Kingsmen fell to the 
Whittier Poets, 80-65. ■ 

Whittier led the entire first- 
half as the Kingsmen tried to 
fight back. 

Aaron Fisher made a lay-up 
with 43 seconds left in the 

"I personally haven't 
beaten them since I've 
been here so it was good 
to finally get a win." 

— Kyle Knudsen 

first half to bring the score to 

The Poets put together a 
15-point lead early into the 
second half but the Kingsmen 
continued to fight back and 
tied the score at 57 with 7:55 to 
play, but then ran out of gas as 
Whittier closed the game with 
a 23-8 run. 

How will the team rebound 
against Occidental? 

"We know we have to enter 
the next few practices with 
a lot of intensity to help 
us prepare" junior guard 
Cameron Mitchell said. 

Sophomore forward Cassidy 
Hallagin is looking forward 
to the game. "We have a good 
chemistry and we love playing 
at home," Hallagin said. 

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February 4, 2009 

Kingsmen capitalize in the clutch 

By Andrew Parrone 
Echo Staff Writer 

The baseball season opened 
up in thrilling fashion as the 
California Lutheran University 
Kingsmen secured two home 
victories this past weekend. 

On Friday, they scored early 
and held on late to defeat the 
Westmont College Warriors of 
Santa Barbara 6-5. 

Sunday's game against the 
Simpson University Redhawks 
of Redding went into extra 
innings. Tied 4-4 in the bottom 
of the 12th, senior Nick Pinneri 
singled in junior Jordan Ott for 
the winning run. 

The Kingsmen's opponent this 
weekend is La 
Sierra University 
of Riverside. 
They travel to La 
Sierra on Friday 
and host the 
Golden Eagles 
in a double 
header on 

Sunday, starting 
at 11 a.m. 

Head coach Marty Slimak, now 
entering his 16 ,h season with the 
Kingsmen, was pleased with the 
way his team performed this 

"It's always good to start your 
season with a win," he said. "No 
matter how well you play it's 
always good to get things started 
with a victory." 

The Kingsmen led Westmont 6 
- 2 after seven innings, but three 
runs by the Warriors in the 
eighth made it a one-run game. 
Sophomore Byron Minnich was 

able to record the last five outs 
and earned the save. 

"There were two critical points 
in the game; one early when we 
got out of bases loaded with one 
out, and the other here at the 
end when Minnich was able to 
put away the game," Slimak said. 
"He did a great job getting those 
last three outs for us." 

The Kingsmen have been 
waiting since last May to get a 
taste of real competition. 

"We've all been waiting since 
last spring to get out here 
again" junior Paul Hartmann 
said. "We've got a great group 
of guys and we want to continue 
our winning streak from last 

Greg Gelber 
the game 
pitching for 
the Kingsmen 
and gave up 
one run in 
five innings. 
Ott had two 
RBI's, while 
seniors Landon Smith and Chris 
Hertz each had one. 

Mike Roe started - Sunday's 
game at pitcher and allowed two 
runs, though one was unearned. 
Senior Nick Dingman had 
two RBI's. Hartmann and 
sophomore Rich Michelin each 
had an RBI, while Pinneri had 
the game winner. Minnich 
pitched three plus innings of 
shutout baseball and secured 
the victory. 

So far, the Kingsmen have 
shown a knack for winning 

" We stuck together and 
played within ourselves 
and came away with the 
win ." 

— Paul Hartmann 

Paul Hartmann (26) dives back into first base to avoid the pick-off attempt. 

close games. 

"The ability 
games can make 
or break a 
season," senior 
David Idea 
said. "Our 

ability to come 
out on the 
winning side 
of these games 
shows promise 
for the rest of 
the season." 

The Kingsmen have not faced 

to win close La Sierra since 20Q6, when 

they won all three 

games against the 

Golden Eagles. 

The team is 
working on 

several things to 
have the same 
success this 

season as they did 
last year. 

"What we need 
to do better is take advantage 


Photo by Maxx Buchanan 

of the opportunities we've had 
to really open the game up by 
scoring runs and taking the 
pressure off of our pitching 
staff," Iden said. "They've done 
a great job for us so far." 

If the Kingsmen show the same 
poise against La Sierra, more 
victories are sure to follow. 

"We didn't give up," Hartmann 
said. "It got close but we never 
gave in. We stuck together and 
played within ourselves and 
came away with the win." 

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February 11,2009 

Car theft shocks CLU community 

By Candice Cerro 

Three vehicles were burglarized 
Feb. 1, while a fourth was stolen 
at California Lutheran University 
just behind North Hall in a 
crime that appears to be one of 
opportunity rather than design. 

According to Fred Miller, 
director of Safety and Security, it 
appears that after-market stereo 
systems were targeted, but other 
miscellaneous items were lifted 
from the cars as well. 

Keys and a credit card were left 
in the fourth vehicle allowing 
for the thieves to subsequently 
steal it. 

"The sheriff believes this could 
be the work of an out of town 
auto-burglary gang," Miller said. 
"They knew exactly what they 
were doing." 

The driver's side windows on 
the cars were broken and the 
incident is believed to have 
happened in a short amount of 
time between the hours of 3:30 
and 5 a.m. 

So far no witnesses have come 
forward, but the Thousand Oaks 
police department has some 
leads based on fingerprints and 
use of the credit card that was in 
the stolen vehicle. 

The stolen car was retrieved 
last Tuesday at the Trader Joe's 
parking jot in Thousand Oaks. 

"After-market stereo, speakers 

and golf clubs were taken [out 
of the car] ™ Miller said. "Besides 
this and the broken window, 
there was no other damage." 

With these. recent crimes and 
the attack of a student on the 
bridge near the Gilbert Sports 
and Fitness Center, some 
students are worried about 
safety on campus. 

"I do feel a little less safe since 
that car was stolen," senior 
Roxanne Ramia said. "I don't 
think crime is increasing at 
CLU though. I believe that our 
school was looked at as a target 
because there are so many 
cars on campus at all times, so 
people need to realize they can't 
leave certain things in their cars 

The Thousand Oaks police 
department will now be doing 
more patrols around the campus 
and CLU Safety and Security will 
be intensifying the graveyard 

However, individual students 
must take responsibility for their 
safety as well. Miller explained 
that the best deterrent of crime 
is to report suspicious people 
and activity- 
Students can also protect 
themselves and their belongings 
by parking in a lighted area, 
leaving nothing visible inside 
the car and keeping a spare 
copy of registration and license 
somewhere outside of the 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Campus security vehicle patrols memorial parkway. In response to recent car thefts security patrols have been increased. 


It is also important to remember 
not to leave spare keys or credit 
cards in the car. Miller offered 
specific suggestions for after- 
market stereos such as writing 
down serial numbers, keeping 
original boxes and marking 
the item with something that 
identifies it as yours. 

Bill Rosser, dean of students, 
also offered safety advice to 
students in an e-mail sent Jan. 
27, just days before the incident. 

He encouraged students to be 
aware of one's surroundings, 
respond to gut feelings and 

always let someone know where 
you are. Rosser also gave specific 
advice on car safety such as: 
always lock the doors, take 
valuables with you or lock them 
in the trunk and utilize the escort 
service provided by safety and 
security for late-night classes. 

"While CLU is a very safe 
campus, we are not immune 
to crimes ■ against people or 
property," Rosser said. 

"We are in constant dialogue 
about making the campus safer 
[for instance] improving and 
increasing surveillance cameras, 
improving lighting, adding 'blue 

light' phones, improving our 
emergency notification system, 
going to 24 hour card access 
in residence halls and adding 
security staffing." 

Despite these recent incidences. 
Miller explained that there is 
no trend happening on CLU's 
campus and that crime runs in 

For more information about 
campus safety and security such 
as the escort service, visit http: 
security/ or call 805-493-3208. 
In the event of an emergency 
contact 805-493-3911. 

Fans feed the hungry in food drive 

125 nonperishable 
items collected in 
15 minutes 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

After the first 1 5 minutes, the "Feed 
the Hungry" food drive on Saturday 
at Gilbert Arena had collected 125 
nonperishable food items at the 
Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. 

The drive was created by the 
Community Service Center and all 
of the donations were given to the 
Ventura County Food Share. 

Students who received an e- 

mail regarding a food drive and 
free Chipotle for the first 100 
participants, found there was no 
reason to read that twice over to 
make sure there was not mistake. 

For every two nonperishable 
goods that someone donated, he or 
she would receive a free Chipotle gift 
card. Students could donate food 
items during both basketball games. 

"We weren't sure what kind of 
feedback we would get because we 
didn't have a lot of publicity for the 
event," said Jocelyn Bourgault, fellow 
CSC member. 

However, the event was a great 

Stacks of cans containing soup, 
baked beans and corn were mixed in 

with Rice-a-Roni and macaroni and 
cheese donations. 

Freshman Spencer Votipka decided 
to get creative with his donation and 
chose to give the drive Coco Puffs. 
"Most of the other stuff they get is 
boring; I wanted to spice it up with 
chocolate," he said. 

Even though there was a mass 
e-mail sent out to all California 
Lutheran University students 
regarding the "Feed the Hungry" 
food drive, some students didn't 
have any knowledge about it 

"I never saw posters and I didn't 
know what was going on or else 
I would have made a special trip 
to the store to buy some canned 
goods," junior Jakob Hall said. 

Fortunately, through word of 
mouth and on Web site groups on 
Facebook, several students were 
more than willing to participate in 
this event 

"I found out about the food drive 
on Facebook," said Leon Townsend, 
who graduated from CLU. 

"I wanted to help out because 
I think anything that promotes 
helping others is good." 

Some people felt that the free 
Chipotle gift card gave them that 
extra push to help out for a good 

"I love free burritos, but I would 
have donated anyway," Votipka said. 

The goal was to have 200 items 

There were people donating after 
the volunteers were done officially 
staffing the event, so there were 248 
items at least. 

"We're looking to do this again 
next year with more giveaways and 
more ways for students to support 
local non-profits, so come out and 
enjoy a game and helping support 
local issues," Kirstine Odegard co- 
ordinator for community services 

There are so many different ways 
to get involved with the Community 
Service Center, so check back in and 
find something that interests you, 
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By Aaron HiJf 
Echo Staff Writer 

As students gear up for the spring 
semester many are already looking 
for some changes to California 
Lutheran University's food service 
company Sodexho. 

As an outsourced food service 
company, Sodexho is responsible 
for all dining facilities on campus 
and the technical aspect of the 
student meal plans. 

They, along with the university 
make decisions regarding the 
food on campus to better suit the 
student body. 

Although it is early in the 
semester, students and ASCLU- 
G are trying to work with the 
company to better provide for 
student needs and concerns. 

"I think it's great that Sodexho 
is sitting down with students and 
facing the concerns they have," said 
Amanda Whealon, Coordinator for 
Student Leadership and Programs. 
"I am excited for the possible 

Sodexho has worked with the 
university for many years and is 
now receiving a lot of flak from the 
student body regarding quality and 
timeliness, among other things. 

District manager Martin 
Genereux and general manager 
Dina Davis sat down with ASCLU- 
G to discuss the problems and 
brainstorm possible solutions. 

"We want to understand the 
student population on campus," 
Genereux said. "Then we can 
better understand the problems 
and come up with solutions." 

The meeting covered a range of 
topics from short-term changes 
like the happiness at different 
dining facilities and long-term 
issues such as the possible need 
for an additional dining hall on 


Sodexho will also be looking 
into bringing more brands to 
campus and giving students the 
opportunity to travel off campus 
using meal plans. 

However, student discontent 
was a main topic of conversation 
in the conference while trying 
to figure out solutions to the 

"I think students are generally 
dissatisfied with the amount 
of time it takes to get food at 
the Centrum," Student Body 
President Andrew Brown said. 

"CLU and Sodexho should do 
their best to ensure students are 
satisfied and get the best dining 
experience possible." 

To alleviate some of the 
congestion at the Centrum Cafe", 
Sodexho will be installing a self- 
order kiosk station to help with 
the lines. 

"The kiosk should be up and 
running very soon " Davis said. 

Working much like the touch 
screens in the cafeteria, the kiosk 
station will give students the 
chance to customize their order 
and speed up the process. 

Not only will the kiosk help 
with the problem but students 
will be filed into two separate 
lines leading through both doors 
at the front of the Centrum. 

Davis will also be addressing 
timeliness of food delivery and 
quality with the staff to try to 
speed up the process. 

Changes to the cafeteria will be 
made in the near future as well. 

"We hope to incorporate a 
grab and go option at the dining 
commons," Genereux said. 

Possibly being set up on the 
upper level of the cafeteria, a 
grab and go station will give 
students more freedom during 

the rush between classes while 
freeing up a lot of traffic at the 
Kiosk Caft. 

Sodexho will also be looking 
into ways to better suit students 
"meal only" portion of their meal 

By possibly freeing up options 
on already existing meal plans, 
Sodexho will be working to 
better serve students at all dining 
facilities on campus, including 
the Mogen Market. 

As one of the least used facilities 
on campus, Mogen Market may 
see some changes. 

However, for now, the hours will 
remain 5 p.m. to midnight and 
Mogen will no longer accept the 
"meal only" option of the meal 

"At the end of the day, 
Sodexho needs to run a fiscally 
viable company, while also 
remaining competitive with their 
competition," Brown said. "But 
they also need to understand 
the needs specific to the CLU 

But with record-breaking 
freshmen and transfer students, 
the idea of another dining facility 
all together may not be as foreign 
as many may think 

Without being able to give a 
distinct time line or plan, a new 
formatted dining facility may hit 
somewhere in the near future. 

This will with the constant 
overcrowding that is seen many 
dining halls throughout the day. 
Though it seems, at least for 
now, that both sides will continue 
to help one another improve the 
facilities on campus and continue 
to grow with new ideas. 

Ideas, questions or concerns 
should be diverted to general 
manager Dina Davis at 


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The newspaper's dismal future was a topic of George Cogswell's presentation. 

Newspapers are 
struggling during 
tough economy 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

With journalism a,t a 
crossroads, the president 
and publisher of the Ventura 
County Star remains optimistic 
about its future. 

George H. Cogswell shared 
his professional insights about 
the newspaper business with a 
record-breaking crowd at the 
Corporate Leaders Breakfast 
held in the Lundring Events 
Center last week. 

"There will always be a 
demand for reliable and 
credible journalism, but it 
costs to support and produce 
quality," Cogswell said. 

"There is always going to be 
a need for journalists as well, 
even with a shift to online 
media... stories are still going 
to need to be covered." 

Introduced by Dr. Chris 
Kimball, university president, 
Cogswell is best known for his 
involvement within the area. 

"George is an active member 
in the Ventura County 
community, sitting on the 
Camarillo/Oxnard Chamber 
as well as the Ventura County 
Economic Development 

Association," Kimball said. 

Cogswell spoke to the 
community leaders and 
business professionals about his 
experiences working in the field 
of journalism during the last 20 
plus years, but mainly focused 
on the future of newspapers 
and if there even is a future. 

After showcasing a series 
of newspaper headlines all 
talking about the huge hit 
newspapers are taking due to 
the rough economy Cogswell 
asked, "Would you like to be a 

"Many are going bankrupt," he 
said. "There is no quick fix for 
recovery. The long established 

newspaper format is going away 
and the face of journalism has 

The Ventura County Star, an 
award-winning newspaper is 
the county's most read news 

Cogswell wants to promise 
customers the same reliable 
and credible journalism that 
his paper provides and that 
readers have come to count on 
each day. 

"It continues to be a 

"There is always going 
to be a need for journal- 
ists as well... stories are 
still going to need to be 
covered. " 
— George H. Cogswell 

community watchdog, 

providing news products to 
fit the growing needs of the 
community and will maintain 
the excellent customer service 
and home delivery," he said. 

Event organizer Sharon 
Nelson said the objective 
of the breakfast is to 
"highlight companies, civic 
organizations and foundations 
in a professional, friendly and 
informative setting for business 
executives on a quarterly basis 
at the university." 

Students interested in 

attending will be included and 
can be accommodated, but 
if there is an overwhelming 
interest in the breakfast topic, 
arrangements are made to 
broadcast live in Ed Tech room 
139, as in the case of Cogswell. 
For more information about 
upcoming breakfasts or 
questions, students are invited 
to go to the Corporate Leaders 
Breakfast Series Web site at 

California Lutheran University 

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2nd Annual Black History 
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The Need: Wes Rodgers 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

Naomi Wolf: The Beauty Myth 

2 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Naomi Wolf: Hooking Up: Sex, 
Alcohol and the Death of 
Romance on College Campuses 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Spit It: Hip Hop Rapping Battle 

7 p.m. Grace Basketball Courts 

Elmer Ramsey, His Trumpet 
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Donors put KCLU back on air 

By Emily Peterson 

Echo Staff Writer 

Since the burning of their 
FM transmitter, California 
Lutheran University's KCLU 
National Public Radio station 
at 102.3 FM, in Santa Barbara, 
has received ample donations 
to help get the news back on 
the air. 

The FM transmitter burned 
down- during the Tea Fire in 
Santa Barbara on Nov. 13. 

KCLU received hundreds of 
phone calls from members that 
felt like the station was a friend 
that had been lost in the fire. 

"CLU is thrilled to help KCLU 
expand access to 'Morning 
Edition,' 'CrossTalk' and the 
other quality shows it airs," said 
Dr. Chris Kimball, university 
president, in the Noozhawk 

Five weeks prior to the fire, 
KCLU had purchased KIST- 
AM (1340) in Santa Barbara. 
This allowed the community to 
switch to the AM station and 
recover information on the fire 
as the disaster occurred. 

"We were never off the air in 
Santa Barbara," said Mary Olson, 
the station's general manager in 
the Noozhawk Newsletter. "We 
just kept plugging along." 

KCLU is an important 
resource of information to the 

Many Cal Lutheran students do 
not know that the KCLU station 
exists; however, the community 
still tunes in to the station. Most 
of the listeners are not CLU 
students, therefore KCLU allows 
listeners to become connected 
with the university. 

"Even though we are not 
a student station, we are an 
extension of the university," said 
Lance Orozco, the news director 
at KCLU. 

KCLU relies on their listeners 
to support them and get them 
back on the air. The amount 
of donations that KCLU 
received shows the station that 
their listeners truly value the 
information they receive from 
the radio station. 

Most people who donated were 
listeners in the Santa Barbara 

Olson said that buying 
and setting up the new 
equipment will cost the station 
approximately $40,000. 

On a side note, KCLU was 
acknowledged for the best 
news reports and feature stories 
on Jan. 24, and was granted 
six Golden Mike Awards by 
the Radio Television News 

Just a handful ofKCLU's many Golden Mike Awards. 


All six of these awards were for 
breaking news coverage and two 
were for the coverage during the 
Tea Fire. 

KCLU competes against 
stations of similar size in the 
Bakersfield and Santa Barbara 

"We don't set out to win 
awards," Orozco said. "Our job 

is to cover the Tiews. However, it 
is nice to be recognized. It shows 
that people respect what we do." 
A total of around 45 Golden 
Mike Awards have been awarded 
to KCLU since they started on 
the air about thirteen years 
ago. The awards are beneficial 
for KCLU because they tell 
supporters and listeners that the 
station is valued and supported 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 

throughout the community. 

KCLU serves more than 
70,000 listeners in Ventura and 
Santa Barbara counties. Now 
that the station has a new FM 
transmitter, the signal will have 
the power to match the current 
stronger programming. 

You can listen to KCLU at 88.3 
FM in Ventura and 102.3 FM 
and 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. 

Senior countdown commences 

By Jen Reissman 

Echo Staff Writer 

With 100 days remaining until 
graduation, the class of 2009 
gathered together at the Sunset 
Hills Country Club to celebrate 
their last four years together at 
the 100 Days 

Party thrown 
by the Alumni 

The party had 
a great turnout 
this year, 

with very few 
seniors missing 
from the event. 

"The 100 Days 
Party was originally started for 
the class of 2007 and it turned 
out to be such a hit among the 
students that it is something 
the Alumni Association has 
decided to keep on doing for 
the graduating seniors," said 

Lindsay Murray, associate 
director of alumni relations. 

While many of the seniors were 
gathered around talking to their 
closest friends or rekindling 
friendships with people that 
they haven't seen in a long time, 
many of the seniors danced 
to music 

by DJ Erik 

"I was so 
excited to be 
at the party 
with all of my 
friends and 
getting to look 
back on the 
great times we have all shared 
throughout the last four years," 
senior Kathryn Mataya said. "It 
is such an exciting but yet sad 
time too because I don't want 
this amazing time in my life to 
come to an end." 
The 100 Days Party gave 

"I was so excited to be 
at the party with all of 
my friends and get- 
ting to look back on the 
great times we have all 

— Kathryn Mataya 

seniors the opportunity to 
forget about any quizzes, tests 
or homework that was due in 
the near future and enjoy what 
may be one of their last nights 
all together. 

"It was so great to see everyone 
gathered together and see 
people that I haven't seen in 
a long time," senior Lauren 
Emerson said. 

The 100 Days party was filled 
with seniors who were dressed 
to impress and kick off their 
last semester together with a 
big bang. 

The constant smiles on 
everyone's face, the laughter 
coming from every corner and 
the students dancing their 
night away proved this night to 
be a night that everyone will 

To make sure the seniors had 
an unforgettable evening, the 
Alumni Association has been 
planning the event for the past 

few months so that everything 
would be perfect for the big 

The night went smoothly and 
everyone enjoyed themselves. 
The Alumni Association 
provided the students with 
appetizers to munch on and 

also with calendars to begin the 
countdown to graduation. 

Seniors can look out for other 
events offered by the Alumni 
Association, such as the One 
Year Reunion in 2010 and other 
happy-hour events that are 
offered throughout the year. 


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February 11,2009 

Involvement Fair entices students 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

Various clubs on campus 
gathered around the courtyard 
last week with the same two 
goals in mind: awareness and 
expansion. The Involvement Fair 
was organized to create awareness 
about the clubs at California 
Lutheran University and get 
people more involved in all of the 
things that are going on. 

Some of the clubs are sport 
related, while others are more 
scholastic. From psychology to 
hip hop clubs, all of them want 
to expand in order to achieve the 
initial goal of sharing their ideas, 
beliefs and interests with as many 
people as they can reach. 

One such group is Not for Sale. 
It is an international organization 
that has created a buzz worldwide 
due to the outstanding number of 
children sold into the slave trade 
every year. 

Senior Amy Brown, president 
of the CLU chapter of Not for 
Sale, made a plea on behalf of 
everything and everyone Not for 

Sale stands for. 

"Slavery is a real issue," she said. 
"We want everyone at CLU to be 

One way that she promoted 
her club was by passing out little 
pins with a quote written on the 
front of them. She also offered a 
time to go see Dr. David Batstone 
speak, as a launching ground into 
the club or simply to gain some 
knowledge on their efforts. 

Batstone is the founder of the 
Not for Sale organization and has 
agreed to stop by Cal Lutheran as 
part of his Backyard Abolitionist 
Tour. Samantha Lochner, director 
of memorandum for Not for Sale, 
sought to gain members by being 
part of the Involvement Fair. 

"We want to spark awareness 
and educate and make people 
more aware of the tangible ways 
they can stop slavery" she said. 

The Involvement Fair created a 
platform for her club and many 
other clubs to have their voices 
heard. It also offered room for 
club presidents to get people more 
involved with their clubs. 

CLU rugby team was also 
represented. Last year it consisted 
of about 20 people. This year the 

Members of the rugby team entice CLU students to learn more about their program. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan. 

club has increased its membership 
to 30-35. 

Rugby team president Andrew 
Aguiniga is pleased that the 
Involvement Fair has helped the 

"It gave us a firm base for the 
future of our club," he said. 

The team has grown so much 

that a team mom was added to 
help with organization. They 
appointed Rachel Wolf this year as 
team mom and the club has been 
running smoothly. 

The rugby team is set to travel 
to Las Vegas to meet UNLV at the 
end of February. 

Aguiniga said that the 

Involvement Fair "is essential for 
our clubs ad organizations to 
continue their legacies for future 
generations of CLU students." 

Many clubs were present at 
the fair and the outcome seems 
promising as most clubs will likely 
reap the benefits of sparking the 
match for their future success. 

Students and community 
help rebuild Biloxi 

By Amanda Lovett 

Echo Staff Writer 

Three years after Hurricane 
Katrina, California Lutheran 
University community service 
members joined the effort in 
restoring homes in Biloxi, Miss., 
during the January winter break. 

The eight-day Biloxi Boomerang 
trip consisted of 20 people, two 
staff members Kirstine Odegard 
and Pastor Melissa Maxwell- 
Doherty, 16 CLU students and 
two UC Berkeley students as 
part of the Fuller Center Disaster 
Rebuilders organization. 

The cost of the trip was $750, 
which included airfare, ground 
transportation, food and lodging 
for the community service 
members taking the time and 
effort to do something good for 

The sacrifice of giving up their 
winter break was etched in due 
to the weather. The coldest week 
of the year brought 17-degree 
Fahrenheit temperatures, but 
no rain, as they continued to 
complete the project despite the 

The task accomplished was to 
install insulation and siding and 
completely drywall an entire 
house for a family affected by the 
storm on the gulf coast, which is 

still in progress of restoration long 
after it occurred. 

Several service members 
including Matt Johnson and Jenn 
Cline tried to find places that 
apparendy do not exist anymore 
since the storm. 

"One night Matt, Scott and 
I went looking for a bar with 
Sean's GPS on his phone.... and 
we walked for about 6 miles 
because sure, the bar/ restaurant 

"It was crazy to see how 
much was still just ce- 
ment slabs, and what 
was still destroyed." 

— Jenn Cline 

building was still there, but the 
GPS hasn't been updated since 
the storm wiped everything out," 
Cline said. 

"We tried doing the same thing 
for ice cream a few days later, but 
that place was just a cement slab, 
too," she said. 

Taking community service 
members to Biloxi has become 
an annual process at CLU, 
where not only can these people 
unite within their group, but 
can also unite members of the 
community as well to help those 
in need of restoration on their 
Not only did the service members 

tour the ghost town looking for 
fun, but they also experienced the 
appreciation of the community 
for the work that they were doing 
completely voluntarily for the 
people of Biloxi. 

"A family from one of the 
churches we went to invited us 
over for king cake and dinner on 
two separate occasions, simply 
because we were volunteers and 
volunteers rebuilt her house," 
Cline said. 

"The food was incredible and 
they were such kind people," 
she said. 

Also added to the list of 
experiences on this trip were 
Katie Bode's tour of the largest 
house in Mississippi and 
the interaction between the 
community service members 
during the week long trip. 
Students commented on the 
sight of the devastation yet, 
remarking that so much of the 
town is still cement and not yet 

"It was crazy to see how much 
was still just cement slabs, and 
what was still des'troyed," Cline 
said . 

The upcoming trip for 
community service members will 
be the Alternative Spring Break 
trip to Mexico City on March 7- 1 4. 
The contact is Community Service 

February 11,2009 


The Echo - Page 7 

Dreams do come true 

By Tiffany Mataras 
and Matthew Railla 
Special to The Echo 

The resounding 
lesson throughout 
history is that 
anything can 

happen if one 

L u t 

to dream, 

is exactly 



h e r a n 

University senior Roberta Gaugert 
Roberta Gaugert did. 

"CLU had been my dream 
school since my sophomore 
year in high school," she said, 
"My parents always told me 1 
was responsible for paying for 
my education and with CLU's sa jd. "I work directly with an 
price tag, I knew that wouldn't active duty officer to help the 
be easy." detachment run smoothly and 

At the suggestion of her father, accomplish all of the training 
who was a former F-16 pilot objectives sent down by 

"AFROTC has given me an 

80 percent tuition scholarship, 
which has allowed 
me to go to CLU. 
I get a stipend of 
$500 a month and 
$900 a year to pay 
for books " Gaugert 

- As wing 

commander in the 
AFROTC program, 
she is responsible 
for teaching and 

mentoring about 1 20 cadets 

from schools all over the Los 

Angeles area. 
"I'm the highest ranking cadet 

responsible for overseeing 

the entire program," Gaugert 

and retired high school JROTC 
teacher, she interviewed for an 
Air Force ROTC scholarship. 

"When I got scholarships from 
both CLU and ROTC I knew it 
was God's way of telling me it 
was meant to be," Gaugert said. 

AFROTC stands for Air Force 
Reserve Officer Training Corps. 
The program operates under the 
core values of integrity, service 
before self, and excellence in all 
we do in the name of national 


She operates from the 
AFROTC detachment located 
at Loyola Marymount 

University. At LMU, she attends 
a three-unit class, Leadership 
Laboratory, and meetings every 

"At LLAB the upper classmen 
organize the training for 
the underclassmen who 
are preparing to go to field 
training. We do anything from 

have active duty officers host 
a career day to flag football to 
marching," she said. 

"All of this is in preparation 
for field training, which is the 
officer's version of boot camp. 
Cadets go the summer between 
sophomore and junior year." 

Gaugert said she welcomes the 
challenge that her leadership 
ability faces everyday and 
believes the insight she 
gains into her strengths and 
weaknesses can be applied to all 
aspects of her life. 

"It's a great lesson in humility 
because every success is the 
result of the people underneath 
me and every failure is 
ultimately mine. It's the name 
of the game," she said. 

Although it may seem that her 
duties and full-time student 
status would leave her little 
time for anything else, Gaugert 
said she enjoys a plethora of 
other activities. 

These include playing tennis, 
intramural soccer, volleyball 
and learning the guitar. She 
also works at the Study Abroad 
Center, is a transfer peer 
advisor and. attends Common 
Ground every week. 

Upon graduation, Gaugert 
will be stationed at Laughlin 
Air Force Base in Del Rio, 
Texas, where she will start 
undergraduate pilot training. 










"Who is your dream 
Valentine's Day date?" 

"Former Cal Lu 

student, Anthony 


Rachel Hubbard 

'Kate Hudson!' 


Kris Wikstrom 


"Jessica Alba." 

Andrew Adams 

"Travis Dadigian, my 

Mariah Block 

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February 11,2009 

State your opinion with decency 

Do we not have a duty to show 
respect for men and 
women who dedicate 
their lives to service of 
this country? 

If not a duty, then 
perhaps at least some 
common decency? 

You might wonder why 
I ask the aforementioned 
questions when I have 
made it my policy this 
year to not personally get 
political whatsoever in 
The Echo. 

It was important to me, 
as editor in chief, that my politics stay 
off the pages as to not risk the chance 
of showing bias on the part of this 

However during winter break, I was 
home with friends from high school. 
One of my male friends happens to 
be a Marine. 

It was a surprise to my entire group 
of friends in high school the day we 
found out he had enlisted. 

This was the guy who had been 
expelled for a semester the year 
before for coming to school stoned. 

This was my friend who always 
had wild parties at his house and 
disrespected his mother on a regular 

Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

Now he has been a Marine for 
more than three years 
and served two or three 
tours of duty in Iraq. 

As he and two of 
his fellow Marines 
gathered around a bag 
of Doritos, they shared 
stories of their times in 

One talked about 
giving candy to Iraqi 
children while the 
other talked about 
walking through the 
streets with a gun and 
an Iraqi child coming up and 
hugging him. 

Then they began to talk about 
the responses they get here in 

They live in San Diego and with 
their haircuts, they stick out as 

Apparently they have people 
scream "baby-killer" and a list full 
of profanities at them on a regular 

Once at a bar, my friend had a 
girl approach him and tell him he 
would burn in hell for the atrocities 
he committed. 

Story after story about the ill 
treatment they receive from fellow 

Americans for the job they do. 

Now I am not condoning war and 
I am certainly not asking anyone 
else to, but couldn't we show a little 
more respect for the young men and 
women who risk their lives? 

We can all agree that the execution 
of this war has been less than perfect, 
and I am sure soldiers can admit that 
as well, but politics aside, isn't there 
something to be said for human 

Maybe this just upsets me because 
I know that my friend doesn't go 
into battle because he supports this 
war or President Bush's politics. 

In fact, I happen to know he is a 
registered Democrat and considers 
his service strictly 

I also know 
however, that 
at 21-years-old 
he has walked 
through the 
streets of 

Fallujah with 
two guns across 

his chest and has already seen death 

How can one assume that anyone 
could enjoy that? 

So I ask of all of you this semester, 
when writing into The Echo, 

If. you don't agree 
with something, by 
all means, stand up 
for yourself and assert 
your views. 

perhaps exercise what I am asking 
for on this topic. 

If you don't agree with something, 
by all means, stand up for yourself 
and assert your views. 

However, fallacious attacks on 
another person for his or her 
politics, or in my friend's case for 
his job, should not be made. 

Also, it's important to do your 
research and not make assumptions 
about another human being and 
the life one leads or the thoughts 
one has. 

Some pretty heated debates 

took place last semester over the 


This semester I hope we see more 

debates on other 


Just write with 
some integrity 
and respect for 
another human 

While you 

may gravely 

disagrecwith an 

argument he or she makes, each of 

us has a right to our own opinions 

as well as the right to express them. 

So have a great semester and 


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Beth knows best: V-Day gifts 

Helpful hints for 
finding the 
perfect present 

"Beth, Vve been seeing a girl 
for the past couple months, and 
it's not really that serious yet, 
but we're probably going to be 
together over Valentine's Day, and 
I was wondering what would be an 
appropriate gift for her, I don't want 
to give her the wrong idea or make 
her think I'm cheap. So, what should 
I get her?" 

You're right in the fact that you 
don't want to give her 
the wrong impression. 

I had a friend receive 
a gift from Zales, the 
jewelry store, and they 
had only been dating a 

She freaked. She 
didn't know what to 
get him in return and 
didn't realize he was 
that serious about her. 

All in all, it was a cute 
necklace, but a bad 

Here are some pointers for 
everyone when picking out 
Valentine's Day gifts or gifts in 
genera] for that "significant other". 

Base it according to the 
seriousness of the relationship, 
gender and how long you've been 
in that relationship. 

I'm going to take "the past 
couple months" as meaning two 
to three months. 

For you, I would say something 
simple, yet thoughtful. 

Think along the lines of a vase 
with roses and then maybe go 
out to dinner. 

Most girls also enjoy something 
from Build-a-Bear and 


See's has great Valentine's Day 
gift sets, just FYI. 

If you were thinking jewelry, 

maybe don't. Please don't get 

expensive jewelry, especially if 

you're not that serious about 


I know some girls 
really enjoy receiving 
gifts that have to 
do with a hobby or 
something they really 

If she really likes to 
cook, you could get 
her a set of bowls, 
or a frying pan or 
something. Then 

maybe go out to 
dinner or a movie 
or both if you feel so 

You could also do something 
that you both love to do together 
especially if you wouldn't 
normally do it. 

I've heard of couples going 
hiking for the day, water skiing 
and so forth. 

Since you don't know how 
serious you are with this person, 
I recommend something more 
casual and not too expensive. 

But, just a hint, most girls do 
enjoy a present and dinner of 
some sort on Valentine's Day. 

Everyone, I think, puts way too 
much pressure on Valentine's Day. 

It honestly is just another day 
that we happen to give people 
cards, candy and gifts. 

All these things are enjoyable, 
but they honestly aren't necessary, 
especially if you, like many 
students, don't have a lot of 

Just spending a special fun time 
together can be a great gift. 

Try something new that she's 
always wanted to do. Show you 
care about her as a person and 
know what she likes. 

If you're still questioning what to 
get, talk to one of her friends that 
won't tell her about it. That can be 
a great way to get ideas. 

Again, I would like to hear more 
from you on topics you'd like to 
see covered in future columns, 
questions you've been dying to ask 
or things about which you don't 
have a clue but would like to know 

Here'syourchance. Juste-mail me 
at or 
The Echo at 
or drop your questions in the mail 
slot at The Echo office, 3256 
Luther Street. 

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The Echo - Page 9 

Don't be stupid, people 

I generally don't think people 
are stupid. Then I remind myself 
that I work in retail. 

There's no getting around it. 
Some people don't play with a 
full deck. 

Anyone who works 
or has ever worked in 
retail knows that it's 
one of the toughest 
jobs, probably right 
up there with brain 

And speaking of brain 
surgery, I'd like to say 
that some customers 
are in need of it for a 
variety of reasons. 
Often, the customer/ 

retail representative ' 

relationship begins 
with a stupid question. 

If you read my column last 
week, you know how I feel about 
them. (Stupid questions, not 

Frequently at my workplace, 

codenamed "Old Gravy" (hint: 

not an anagram), an unnecessary 

question is commonly asked. 
Scenario: I am the only worker 

in the store who's standing in 

front of a cash register. 
"Are you open?" a customer 

The temptation is to flatly 

answer "No," and then point 

them in the direction of the 

nonexistent self-checkout lanes. 
Sort of like Wal-Mart, minus 

the indoor McDonald's and 

geriatric greeters. 

But I never succumb to my anger, 
because as a wise Jedi muppet 
once said, "...anger leads to hate, 
hate leads to suffering, suffering 
leads to the Dark Side." 
lust when I think the stupid 
questions are over, the 
customer has made 
his or her purchase 
and is heading for the 

These days, a lot of 
high-end (and even 
some of the not-so- 
high-end) retailers 
include plastic 

detector tags on 
their merchandise to 
reduce product loss 

from shoplifters. 

Old Gravy isn't 
even one of the not-so-high-end. 
However, we do have cut-off 
magnetic tags that say "Remove 
before washing," which a lot of 
people ignore 
(a sure sign 
that brain 

surgery may be 

So, whenever 
a customer 

"beeps" on the 
way out, the 

cashier typically tells them that 
they're OK to go, briefly explaining 
why the alarm went off, assuming 
that the customer accepts this 
simple explanation. 

Even so, some customers still ask 
me if I am sure, as if they'll need 
motive to seek a second opinion 

on the matter. 

Holding back frustration, I 
politely say "yes." 

Then I'm pretty sure a part of 
my soul dies. 

We've all heard the expression, 
"the customer is always right," 
but, in reality, the customer is 
usually wrong (and he or she 
may require brain surgery). 

In-store signage and ignorant 
shoppers are another common 
problem that I've noticed. 

People love to look at prices 
on signs, but ignore the words 
surrounding those prices. 

And let's face it, some stores 
have signs that are ambiguous. 

For example, if you find a shirt 
on a clearance table, it's easy 
to assume that that shirt is on 

Yet, more often than not, there's 
also a sign on the table that reads 
"Price as Marked, Select Styles 

Those six 
simple words 
inform the 
customer two 
things: first, 
the shirt will 
scan at the 
price that it is 

There's no getting 
around it. Some 
people don't play with a 
full deck. 

marked at. 

Second, only a certain style 
of the shirt may be clearance 

Smart customers know the 

The other ones need brain 

Valentine's not a scam 

Celebrate those 
you love on 
Valentine's and 
every other day 

Every year when Valentine's 
Day approaches allegations arise 
that the holiday is just a scam 
crafted by See's and Hallmark in 
order to make money. 

If this is so, why don't people 
accuse Hershey and the company 
that makes candy corn during 
Halloween for the same crime? 

It is because each 
year the people 
who are single feel 
they have to justify 
their reasons for not 
celebrating, instead of 
being happy for those 
who are in love. 

To those who 
disagree with the idea 
of Valentine's Day, may 
I ask if you disagree 
with the celebration of 

At this point you're probably 
ready to move to the next article, 
but hear me out. 

Today is not my birthday, nor is 
it any of my family members' and 
none of my friends' 



But somewhere out there it's 
somebody's birthday. 

Just because everyone doesn't 
share the same one, should the 
person who's birthday it is not be 
able to commemorate themselves? 
Valentine's Day is a day for 
couples to celebrate each other, 
and just because you're not in a 
relationship this year doesn't mean 
it's a fraud. 

The Day has a valid history. 
In 270 A.D., Roman Emperor 
Claudius II forbid the marriage of 
young men and women, because 
he believed it made his soldiers 
A local priest named Valentine 
was appalled by the 
idea and began secretly 
joining young lovers in 
matrimony. Claudius II 
found out and ordered 
the arrest and execution 
of Valentine. 

On Feb. 14, 270 A.D., 
Valentine was executed. 
He became a patron 
saint and every year 
on the day of his death 
a festival took place, 

where young Roman 

men offered the woman they 
admired, or wished to court letters 
of affection. 

All right, so I agree that historical 
traditions are long gone and 
people go a litde overboard. 

We are all broke 

The state of 
California has 
run out of money 

IOUs (read: really we're good 
for it, trust us). 

The state, legally, has until 

May 30 to issue those checks. 

Oh, and if you were 

expecting a Cal Grant, 

Unless you've been living in you can kiss those monies 

a cave, a closet, somewhere goodbye too -for the time 

out of the way cabin or being. 

somewhere else without Whil 

It's not just about the cards 
these days; it's the flowers, the 
chocolates, the jewelry and any 
other obscure gifts people can 
come up with. 

But I don't see the problem with 
telling people you love them. 

I haven't had a boyfriend on this 
holiday for quite a few years, so I 
haven't celebrated, but I have in 
the past and I will in the future. 

This year I don't plan to 
celebrate, other than making 
some cupcakes for my roommates 
and this year you may not 
celebrate either, but another year 
you will. 

If you plan on being in a 
relationship at any point in your 
life, you will have to celebrate. 

The advice I'd like to offer is 
when you do find someone, try 
to make mini Valentine's Days for 
that person. 

Store bought cards and huge 
bouquets aren't necessary. 

Sometimes the sweetest thing 
is a note you find in your binder 
during history class, or the cookie 
your partner brought back to you 
from the caf. 

See's and Hallmark do make 
a mighty fine profit off of 
Valentine's Day. 

However this holiday is not a 
scam, unless it's the only day you 
choose to show your affection for 

Internet access or TV, you've 
probably noticed we're 
broke. Well, California is, to 
be exact. 

In a sign that even 
"The Golden State" 
isn't immune to 
the sickly economy, 
tight credit 

markets and high 
the state officially 
ran out of money 
Feb. 2, according to 
ABC affiliate, KGO, Nathan 
a San Francisco Hoyt 
radio station. 

Now, like some 


s news outlets 

been reporting that 

all students attending 

community colleges and 

state-run universities 

are still guaranteed 

their money, little 

to no mention has 

been made to those 

of you attending 

private schools like 


What's more, this 
isn't a new problem; 
any number of 
articles can be found 
on the interwebs 
from years back 
discussing projected 
shortfalls in the 

starved college student who budget 

spends too much and earns billions of dollars. 

too little, California has That, and nothing has been 

started selectively deciding done 


Instead, state leaders from 
both sides of the aisle have 
pussy-footed around. 

Their own righteous self- 
interests and those of their 
constituents getting in the 
money way of a compromise, 
going This leaves them Enable 
to come to an agreement on 
John which programs need to be 
Chiang said, "C'mon man. cut and which taxes to raise 
California's good for it. We to balance the state budget, 
just need a little time to get Our leaders, those mother- 
through the rough patch." fers, need to make decisions, 
All non-essential bills are some tough, many unpopular 

which bills it wants to, and 
should pay first. 

Queue the ramen noodles 
and trips to Costco for free 

It's not all bad 
Running out of 
is different than 

State Controller 


put hut all 

. the back _, „ , decisive and 

burner, and f^ov. Schwarzeneg- precise to 

only those Vjger, on the other get us out of 

that the state hand, that cheap SOB, is this mess, 
has a legal only going to give me a The y need 

obligation to f ew hundred dollars and to know its 
pay are being ., , , , t all right it 

dealt with. now I m hearing he snot wedon .,i ike 

Like many even good for it. them; we're 

of you, 1 already 

received my B° in g to 

W-2 shortly after the first vote them out of office for 
of the year signaling it was getting us into this jam in 
time for me to collect a tidy the first place, 
sum of money from my rich They need to fix it while 
Uncle Sam and Gov. Arnold they can, and retrieve the last 
Schwarzenegger. scraps of public confidence 

Uncle Sam is going to give left on the dinner plates of 
me back several thousand public opinion. 

dollars this year, thanks in 
large part, to the fact that I 
was/am a full-time student 
and pay too much for tuition 
at this bastion of higher 
education we call California 
Lutheran University. 

Gov. Schwarzenegger, on 
the other hand, that cheap 
SOB, is only going to give 
me a few hundred dollars 
and now I'm hearing he's not 
even good for it. 

So where's my money? Pay 
up sucka. 

According to that same 

article from fcGO, those 

expecting a state tax refund 

check this month are SOL. 

The state will start issuing 

Ever the optimist, I guess 
it's nice to know it's not just 
me that has a problem with 

Even those we entrust 
with our laws can have 
some occasional money 
management problems. 

The only problem is their 
money management, or lack 
thereof, affects millions of 
people, millions of people 
who are already struggling to 
pay their bills. 

My indiscretions only affect 

Well, and my roommate 
who asks for my rent money 
on the first of the month. 

California Lutheran University 

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A-Fraud caught juicing 

Cory Schuett 

Things are not going well in the 
Big Apple for Alex Rodriguez. 

He already has to deal with 
jeers for not being a clutch 
hitter, for not being a "true 
Yankee," for being a narcissistic 
pretty boy and for numerous 
issues in his personal life. 

Along with the tough New 
Yorkers, Rodriguez 
has been dealing with 
references of being 
called "A-Fraud" 

from ex-coach Joe 
Torre's new book "No 
need to read between 
the lines." 

Last week 

everything got much, 
much worse. 

The New York 
Yankees' third 

baseman, arguably the best 
player in baseball, has tested 
positive for steroids, according 
to a report by Sports Illustrated. 

Rodriguez allegedly tested 
positive for Primobolan, 
an anabolic steroid, and 
testosterone in 2003. 

He won the AL home run 
title and the MVP award while 
playing for the Texas Rangers 
that season. 

After George Mitchell's 
report on drugs in baseball was 
released, he denied that he ever 
used steroids in an interview 
with "60 Minutes." 

The tests were supposed 
to remain confidential and 
anonymous (oops!), and there 
was no penalty at the time for a 
positive result. 

As it stands now, Rodriguez 
does not have to worry 
about punishment from the 
government or Major League 

Not surprisingly, he is keeping 
quiet, but we do know that he 
was aware he tested positive 
before the news was leaked. 

With this damaging 
news now released, 
Rodriguez has a 
decision to make. 

He could just deny 
it, like Barry Bonds, 
or he could claim it's 
all a big mistake, like 
Rafael Palmeiro. 

Neither of these 

options seem to be 

very honest. 

The only option 

he has left is to come clean. If 

Rodriguez did indeed flunk his 

test, he needs to admit it. 

He needs to tell everyone what 
he did, when he did it, and most 
important, why he did it in the 
first place. 

The only option he 
has left is to come 
clean. If he did indeed 
fail a steroid test, he 
needs to admit it. 

Playing the denying game will 
only further -hurt his image, 
which he cares so much about. 

What makes Rodriguez's case 
different than the others' is that 

the former is only 33 years old 
and still has nine years left on 
his contract. 

He won't be able to fade out of 
the public's consciousness like 
others have. 

With Bonds ready to go on 
trial, Mark McGwire still in 
hiding and Roger Clemens 
backed into a tight corner, the 
only thing Rodriguez can do 
is tell the truth in front of the 

It's obvious that Rodriguez will 
never get his old image back. He 
can go a long way, though, with 
a confession, apology and lots of 

Consider Andy Pettitte and 
Jason Giambi, who admitted 
their past transgressions. 

They have successfully 
returned to baseball without 
endless questioning. Sure, 
people still remember, but at 
least they have not been totally 

No matter what, Rodriguez will 
have to deal with boos, signs and 
insults, as he rightfully should. 

He committed the cardinal 
sin of baseball and must pay his 

But if he ever wants to make it 
to the Hall of Fame, he has to be 
smart about his next move. 

He has nine years to prove that 
he can still be successful without 
the help of steroids. 

Baseball fans will eventually, 
albeit reluctantly, forgive a 

A liar, especially when it comes 
to steroids, not so mucli. 

Regals youth 
looks to better 
past season 

Five juniors 

season home-run record last year 
and freshman Ferrari is expected 

lead young CLU tohaveastr ° n s im P act " Da y said ' 

J to The Reeals will have to \e\ 

softball team 

By Salase Amoaku 
Echo Staff Writer 

Last Friday should have been 
the first games of the highly 
anticipated California Lutheran 
University softball teams season, 
but a field of soaked 
grass due to heavy 
rains prevented the 
team's debut. 

the Regals are still 
looking forward 
to their season 
opener rescheduled 
for yesterday where 
they were to take on 
Hope International 
of Fullerton. 

Led by seven-year coach Debra 
Day, the Regals are looking 
to bounce back from their 
disappointing campaign last 
spring when they tied for fifth 
place in SCIAC with a 1 1-13 record 
and an overall record of 19-19, 
CLU's worst placing in more than 
10 years. 

The team will be looking for 
strong performances from pitcher 
Lizzy Chacon and catcher Emily 
Robertson and freshman pitcher 
Talia Ferrari according to Day. 

"Emily Robertson caught for 
us nearly every inning, led us in 
hitting and broke the school single- 

"They are quality exam- 
ples of the CLU student 

— Debra Day 

The Regals will have to rely 
on fundamentals rather than 
experience this season. No seniors 
are on the team, so the leadership 
will most likely come from the 
five juniors still competing on the 

"We take our season one game at 
a time," said Prudence Cathaway, 
assistant coach. 

"We look 

forward to 

all games 


the season 

and consider 

each and 

every point 

a building 


The team's 

chemistry will play an integral part 

in determining how far the team 

will go. 

CLU will be tested of its 
convictions right away as it is set to 
square off against rival the Tigers 
of Occidental College on the road 
next Saturday. No one player will 
do it for them. It will have to be a 
collective effort this year. 

"Our team gets along very well 
both on and off the field. Our 
coaching staff is extremely proud 
of our players on and off the field," 
Day said. 

"They are quality examples of the 
CLU student population." 

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Baxter 
Junior Emily Robertson leads a young Regals squad in the 2009 campaign. 

February 11,2009 


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Kingsmen offense continues 
to dominate opposing pitching 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

Sparky Anderson Field was host 
to an offensive explosion this past 
weekend as the California Lutheran 
University baseball team routed La 
Sierra University in both games of a 

Junior Greg Gelber started the 
first game and pitched five shut-out 
innings as the Kingsmen defeated the 
Golden Eagles 15-2. 

Game two was even more one- 
sided, as junior Chase Tigert also 
pitched five innings of scoreless 
baseball and the offense hammered 
La Sierra 27-2. 

"La Sierra is a young team and has 
only been in Division in for "a few 
years, so I expected us to do well," 
Head Coach Marty Slimak said. "If 
we would have struggled today I 
would be concerned, so I'm not really 
that concerned." 

The Kingsmen will face off against 
former CLU players in the annual 
Alumni Game this coming weekend. 
The game starts at one o'clock p.m. 

Slimak's challenge was finding 
the appropriate balance between 
competitiveness and class. 

,c You never want to embarrass a 
i but you can't tell your guys to 
try and get themselves out," Slimak 
said. "I just tell the guys to continue to 
play hard and wherever the ball lands 
it lands. last do it with class and don't 
embarrass yourselves or them." 

Coming off two close victories 
to start the season, the bats of the 
Kingsmen came alive. Seniors Chris 

Hertz and Nick Dingman each 
homered and had four RBI's. Junior 
Paul Hartmann also hit a home run, 
and junior Jarrod Marini knocked in 
three runs. 

"We got a lot of hits and a lot of 
runs," Slimak said. "And we only gave 
up two runs each game so it was a 
total team win." 

Things were no different the 
second game. Senior David Iden 
had an impressive seven RBI, while 
Dingman, senior Nick Pinneri and 
junior K.C. Judge each had four. 
Pinneri also hit a home run. 

"The team effort was 100 percent 
today, we really stayed up for 18 
innings," Judge said. "Without 
blowing them out really badly I tliink 
we did it with a lot of class, and we 

played simple and straightforward 
Cal Lu baseball." 

The impressive combination of 
pitching, defense and hitting led to 
a very successful set of games for the 
Kingsmen. Production like this may 
be hard to achieve again, but the 
teamwork that was displayed should 
last all season. 

"The hitters did their job, they 
swung the bat reaHy welJ all day," 
Tigert said. "The defense played well 
and the pitchers did their thing. It was 

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in a series against La Verene Feb. 20- 
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Sophomore Aaron Fisher puts a jump shot up between C-M-S defenders. 

Kingsmen look to con- 
tinue strong play to- 
ward SCIAC tourney 

By Melissa Conway 
Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
University men's basketball 
team looks to continue it's climb 
to the top of the SCIAC ladder as 
they get ready to play at La Verne 
today at 7:30 p.m. 

The last time the teams met, 
sophomore Aaron Fisher had a 
career-high of 28 points. What 
would another win mean for the 
Kingsmen's position within the 

"Right now we are battling to 
be the lone second spot in the 
conference. If we continue to 
keep winning, we can definitely 
still be in the mix to win the 
SCIAC again," Fisher said. 

The men are in a three-way tie 
with Claremont and Whittier 
with a conference record of 6-3 
for second place. 

Wednesday was a good night 
Foi the Kingsmen as they beat 
Occidental College for the 
second time this year, defeating 
the Tigers 77-51 at home. 

With I 1 :30 still to go in the first 
half the Tigers pulled within 18- 
14, but it didn't seem to bother 
the Kingsmen at all as they went 
on an 8-0 run. For the rest of the 
game the Tigers would never be 
able to get within 10 points. 

Junior Kyle Knudsen and 
sophomore Greg Grimm had 
17 points for the night, and 
combined for 5-of-6 from 
beyond the arc. 

Grimm has returned from a 
back injury last year and has 
become one of many key players 
for the Kingsmen. 

"It was hard being on the 
sideline last year but it helped 
motivate me to work harder 
in the off season. It took some 
time this year to get comfortable 

on the court but I think I'm 
starting to get a feel for college 
basketball," Grimm said. 

Freshman Aaron Van KlavpTsen 
and junior Andy Meier had a 
combined 20 points and 1 5 
rebounds. The Kingsmen held 
the Tigers to 13 rebounds while 
the Kingsmen pulled down a 
total of 33. 

It was a long night Saturday as 
the Kingsmen struggled to defeat 

The Kingsmen didn't let their 
guards down as they trailed at 
the half by 1 1, but came back full 
force to defeat the Stags 80-71. 

The Stags took control of the 

'Tm working on 
strengthening it right 
now and hopefully it 
will be good to finish the 

— Andy Meier 

game early as they extended 
their lead with less than nine 
minutes to go in the first half by 
13 points. 

The Kingsmen were able to 
bring it back within seven after 
their forward Andy Meier, was 
forced to leave the game with 
an injury. 

Regarding his injury, 

Meier said, "I'm working on 
strengthening it right now and 
hopefully it will be good to go 
and finish out the season.* 1 

The Kingsmen came back 
ready to go starting the second 
half back-to-back 3-pointers by 
Knudsen and Fisher to cut the 
lead to one. 

Once the Kingsmen gained 
the lead they never looked back, 
shooting 69.6 percent in the 
second half and making 4-for-6, 

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February 11,2009 

Taking strides towards 
SCI AC championship 

Key returners 

& newcomers 
build framework 
for title run 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

At the beginning of every 
new sports season, coaches and 
players often say it is a different 
year from the one before. For the 
California Lutheran University 
track and field teams this year 
tbe saying rings true. 

The 2009 season not only 
brings in new freshmen and 
new transfers, but also a new 
head coach. 

Coach Matt Lea comes to CLU 
from the University of Arizona, 
where he graduated as an Ail- 
American, and was named to the 
All-Pacific-10 team four times. 
For the past two seasons, he 
assisted both the cross-country 
and track and field teams. 

Prior to coming to CLU he was 
an assistant coach at UC Santa 
Barbara track & field program. 
With the new direction, Lea 
hopes to better last year's third 
place firYish in SCIAC. 

"Coach Lea is a great coach," 
said senior Kyle Hansen. "He 
really knows his stuff. What 
he brings to this campus does 
wonders for our track program. 
His knowledge of the sport helps 
with recruiting and getting more 
students on campus interested 
in the program." 

Last year Hansen was SCIAC 
athlete of the year and finished 
one spot shy of becoming an 
All-American, which he said 
has motivated him a lot in the 

"It's like having that evil bug 
on your shoulder telling you 
you're not good enough. It helps 
to drive me to be better than I 
was a year ago," Hansen said. 

Another first year coach, Geno 
Sullivan, is also excited about 
the upcoming season. 

"We should do well. We have 
a lot of key newcomers coming 

"I think with the talent 
on this year's team we 
should be able to contend 
for the conference title." 

— Kyle Hansen 

from other sports that are 
expected to do well," he said. 

"Coach Lea is already doing 
a great job. He makes it fun to 
work under, and will be very 
successful for years to come." 

Sullivan is expecting 

immediate contributions from 
many of the players he coached 
on the football team as well. 

Expect big things from Danny 
Hernandez, Victor Lara and 
Kevin Shaifer this year. Shaifer 
and Hernandez are expected to 
compete in the sprints while 
Lara mainly competing in 

Other returning top 

performers include senior Brett 
Cornejo who was ranked in the 
top 100 last year in the nation, 

and senior Jordan Bebber. 

Both hope to contribute this 
year and compete for a SCIAC 
championship. Also returning 
on the women's side is junior 
Christa Youngern. Last year 
Youngern competed at the 
NCAA Division III Outdoor 

Joining the team of already 
solid student-athletes are some 
talented freshmen and transfers. 
These athletes are expected to 
push their weight and score 
some big points during the 
meets to help solidify victory. 

With all of last year's 
accomplishments, the track and 
field team still fell a bit short. 
The vibe this year is to continue 
to accomplish big feats, but 
this time have a better overall 

With the leadership of Bebber 
and Hansen, and the direction 
of new head coach Lea, the 
Kingsmen and Regals feel very 
optimistic for the season. 

The Kingsmen and Regals 
opened this past weekend in 
Santa Barbara at the SBCC 
Three-Way and will return to 
action after a two week break 
at the Rossi Relays hosted by 
Claremont-Miidd- Scripps on 
Feb. 28. 

"The general team expectation 
is to finish better than last year," 
returning SCIAC athlete of 
the year, Hansen said. "We're 
definitely looking to finish as 
one of the top two teams in 
SCIAC. I think with the talent 
on this year's team we should 
be able to contend for the 
conference title." 

Photo Courtesy of Tracy Maple 

Freshman Kendra Carter had a game-high 16 points against C-M-S. 

Regals look to 
send seniors off 
with strong finish 

By Tiffany Michaels 

Echo Staff Writer 

Senior Chris Brouilette won the javelin on the men's side with a high throw of 50.90 meters. 

The CLU Regals basketball 
team will be looking to pull out 
another victory over La Verne 
when the teams play Thursday at 
7:30 p.m. on the road. Following 
the game against La Verne the 
Regals will return for their final 
home game on Saturday at 5 p.m. 
against Caltech where seniors 
Cheryl Lee and Melissa Conway 
will be recognized. 

Coming into the game the 
Regals have a record of (6-15, 4- 
6 SCIAC), while La Verne has a 
record of (16-5, 8-3 SCIAC). The 
last time these two teams met, a 
little over three weeks ago, the 
game was tight, but the Regals 
came out with the victory 59-58. 

CLU is coming off of a win 
over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
College and hope to follow up 
with two more victories this week 
to give them a shot at the SCIAC 
conference playoffs. 

"We have to prepare for the 
game thinking that though La 
Verne is #1 in our league, we have 
beat them before. We know what 
it takes to beat them and we just 
have to be ready to do it on the 
road," junior Nita Sims said. 

The La Verne Leopards are 
coming off of a win over Caltech 
and will be coming into the game 
looking for another win. 

The ladies of CLU lost to 
Occidental College on Thursday 
due to a lack of offense and 
numerous turnovers. 

The Regals got off to a lead, but 
lost it with 10:35 left in the first 
half to the Tigers, Brianne Brown, 
who hit a 3-pointer to take the 
lead back. 

Brown with 19 points was the 
only member of the Occidental 
ladies basketball team to hit 
double figures. 

After the half, the Regals 
came onto the court with more 

intensity and came close to 
taking back the lead, but due to 
33 turnovers for the third time 
this season, their deficit grew to 
25 points. 

The Regals top scorers, Sims 
and freshman Kendra Carter, 
were held to eight points a piece. 
Sims also led the Regals with five 

In total, Oxy shot for 40 percent 
from the field and held CLU to 
only 23 percent. 

After the game, Lee said in 
anticipation for their next meet 
versus Claremont, "We can 
improve by taking care of the 
ball and everyone needs to work 
hard to get each other open on 

After a long practice Friday, the 
Regals came out strong with a 
victory over the Athenas 70-37, 
on Saturday at home. 

CLU had a dominant start to 
the game with an 1 1 - 1 run in the 
first five minutes of the game. In 
the first half, Carter hit 3-of-4 
3-pointers. They went into the 
second half with a 35- 18 lead. 

The Regals all posted great 
numbers for the game. Carter 
connected 5-of-7 3-pointers and 
l-of-2 from the line to bring her 
to a game high 16 points as well 
as eight rebounds. Junior, Kelsey 
Paopao was an all-around threat 
with seven points, four assists, 
four steals and four rebounds. 
Lee and freshman, Danika Briggs 
had 1 1 points each. 

CLU held the Athenas (15-9, 5-5 
SCIAC) to a 26.2 percent shooting 
average, while the Regals shot for 
43.4 percent of their attempts. 

Aria Krumwiede was a standout 
player for the Athenas with a 
team high nine points with 3- 
for-6 shooting from the field and 
2-for-2 from 3-point range. 

"We need to continue this great 
basketball that we all know we are 
capable of playing throughout 
the rest of the season," Lee said. 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Senate Director 

I'm excited to 
announce my candidacy 
for the office of ASCLU 
Senate Director. 

Serving as a Senator 
has been one of the most 
rewarding privileges of 
my CLU Career; I've 
witnessed first-hand 
the dedication of our 
student representatives 
to continually advance 
the CLU community. 

My goal is ensuring the 
Senate's dedication to 
representing the student 
body continues to be 

Ben Martinez 

the utmost priority. 
I encourage you to 
voice your opinion by 
voting in the upcoming 

Programs Board 

Two years ago, I joined 
ASCLU-G as a Senator; 
this year I am serving 
as Senate Director. I 
have enjoyed these 
positions and Senate 
has had some great 
achievements under 
my leadership. I have 
seen what works and 
what doesn't, and I am 
confident in my ability 
to lead again next year. 

Consider my 

experience, knowledge, 

Beth Peters 

friendliness and proven 
leadership, and I hope 
you will choose to stick 
with Beth for Senate 

My name is Ryan 
Strand and I am 
running for Programs 
Board Director. My 
goal as Director is 
to have the board 
plan student driven, 
unique programs 
that are balanced 
with traditional 

favorites. This past 
year while serving on 
student government, 
I've observed the 
creativity and energy 
that it takes to lead 
this dynamic board. I 

Ryan Strand 

believe I possess those traits 
and promise to use them 
for good instead of evil if I 
am elected. 

Hey CLU, and greetings 
from Washington, D.C. 
I believe in one thing, 
that the students should 
have an active part in 
campus programs. I 
want to enhance the 
relationship between 

the board and students 
so students may share 
ideas for Club Lu's. More 
important, I know I can 
work with the executive 
cabinet and next year's 
board members to bring 
amazing experiences. 


This past year I served 
on the Executive 
Cabinet as Programs 
Board Director. 

The experience that 
I've gained has given 
me the ability to 
achieve the goals of 
the student body and 
create the opportunities 
we all want to see 
at CLU. Because of 
my experience and 

Jesse Knutson 

enthusiasm, I know I can 
be a great leader. Thank 
you for your time. 

As your representative 
in assemblies like the 
Board of Regents and 
the Alumni Board, I 
vow to you my complete 
advocacy, even against 
tough opposition. 

Presiding over the 
Executive Cabinet, I 
will work with your 
other elected student 
' representatives to en- 
sure ASCLU-G reflects 

Write-in Ashley Ramos 

So I am asking you 
to consider me as for 
ASCLU programs board 

Reshai Tate 

the needs and interest of all stu- 
I appreciate your support! 

California Lutheran University 

February 24, 2009 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Napmi Wolf grasps the audiences attention as she discusses the myth's of beauty. 

The myth of 
beauty redefined 
by raising 

Panel talks of future jobs 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

2 £L ; 

Feminist, social, critic and 
political activist Naomi 
Wolf encouraged students to 
redefine beauty for themselves 
while raising awareness of the 
pervasive inequities that exist 
in society and politics in her 
talk "The Beauty Myth." 

Wolf is the author of eight 
books, including the New York 
Times best-seller "The End of 

"Look around us 
and see the radiating 
beauty...Take it back and 
bestow it [beauty] on 

— Naomi Wolf 


She is also the co-founder 
and president of the Woodhull 
Institute for Ethical Leadership 
and co-founder of the 
American Freedom Campaign. 

Film crews and cameramen, 
along with students, faculty and 
staff crowded the Samuelson 
Chapel on Thursday at to hear 
Wolf speak. 

"Let's take it back. Let's 
redefine beauty for ourselves," 
Wolf said. "Look around us 
and see the- radiating beauty. 
Make choices that make sense. 
Take it back and bestow it 

[beauty] on ourselves." 

Many of the attendees came 
out of the talk enlightened and 
gained a better sense of the 
beauty myth. 

Wolf's focus encouraged all 
people to take charge of their 
lives, voice their concerns and 
enact change. 

"The talk was very 
empowering," sophomore 

Talia Loucks said. "I think it's 
a message everyone should 

Wolf's book was the 
inspiration of her talk, which 
will eventually be made into 
a documentary to be used in 

In both the talk and the 
book, she argued that women's 
insecurities are heightened 
by an "impossible standard 
of beauty and exploited by 
the diet, cosmetic and plastic 
surgery industries." 

"The cosmetic industry sells 
things that don't work!" Wolf 
proclaimed when 'outing* 
many different creams and 
quick fixes. "Men and women 
deserve to be informed." 

Junior Danny Liles felt 
comfortable as a college male 
attending the event focused 
on issues concerning women. 
"I appreciated the inclusive 
language and the information 
given," Liles said. "In all, it was 
a very interesting talk." 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

Students were able to get real 
world advice from professionals 
in the field today as California 
Lutheran University held 
its annual "Careers in 
Communication Speaker Panel." 

Many students came to listen 
to the panel of notable speakers 
who didn't disappoint. 

"I hope students get inspired 
to find a career that they love," 
said Sharon Docter, professor of 
communication and department 
chair at CLU. 

Docter, along with other faculty 
members, continues to bring this 
yearly discussion to CLU in the 
hopes that students will gain 
tangible information to help 
them in their future endeavors. 

Students were able to hear from 
a variety of speakers including 
many CLU alumni. Speakers 
were Jimmy Fox, executive 
assistant to the chairman 
of NBC Entertainment and 
Universal Media Studios and 
Trevor Kelley, manager of music 
and marketing of Myspace. 
St^ve Hess sales manager for 
Goldcoast Broadcasting and 
Jaime Nack president of Three 
Squares Inc, and a CLU professor 
also talked with students about 
their careers. 

"I love that they have 
people from all over the 
communications industry," 

senior Ana Garcia said. "It really 
allows me to see all the options 

Speakers talked about a range 
of topics from possible careers 
after graduating with your 
specific degree, to the different 
salary ranges students can expect 

upon entering the workplace. 
The distinguished panel also 
gave students tips on how to 
land jobs and how to be happy 
in the field they end up in. 

"Be passionate about what you 
do" said Hess. 

Hess along with Ian Brown, 
who is a recruiter, trainer and 
development manager for 
the Los Angeles Daily News, 
rounded out the panel giving 
their overview of the journalism 
world for students who are 
interested in the field. 

Brown spoke heavily on the 
need of having great interviewing 
skills and the importance of 
networking your way through 
the job market. He gave students 
a harsh and realistic idea of what 
the workplace is like in the 
competitive field of journalism. 

"You definitely need to be 
resilient," Brown said. 

Fox was the only returnee to 
the panel this year. As a 2004 
graduate of CLU, he was able to 
relate to the students and help 
them realize their potential. 

Having worked his way up from 
numerous internships and entry 
level positions, Fox now helps 
with the inner workings of many 
NBC productions and assists the 
chairman of NBC Entertainment 
and Universal Media Studios. 

He also stressed to students 
the need of preparation before 
graduating, to have that extra 
edge over the competition. Nack 
also relayed this message to 

As a successful event planner 
Nack used her in college 
experiences to help her learn 
her trade even before graduating 

Through clubs and on-campus 
organizations she built her 
skill through trial and error 
before even making it into the 
workplace. She and the rest 
of the panel told students the 
importance of this kind of 

"Information is your currency," 
Fox said. "Know what it is you 
want, never stop learning trying 
to achieve it." 

Photo by Eric Vaugh 

Jimmy Fox from NBC addresses students at Comm. Careers Panel. 

Romance dead on college campuses 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

Sex, alcohol, pornography and 
hooking up were a few examples of 
the topics at the Naomi Wolf talk at the 
Samuelson Chapel on Feb. 1 2. 

Wolf presented an hour long speech 
on the various subjects that encouraged 
participation from the wide ranging 
packed audience, some of whom were 
more eager to share their feelings on the 
matter at hand than others. 

However, Wolf wanted to make sure 
that everyone walked away with the 
same deadpan message: Romance is 
dying and it needs to come back. 

"We are all faced with various pressures 
and hooking up is a solution. Why is it so 
popular?" Wolf asked "Your generation 
is stressed, exhausted and there isn't time 
for romance, but we still long to have a 
connection with someone. A drunken 
Saturday night gets the job done." 

The talk was recorded for an 
educational film that Wolf is in the 
process of making. Wolf is an author 
of eigjit books induding the New York 

Times best seller "The End of America" 
and has given lectures on these topics at 
various universities across the country. 

With the pressures of school and 
work, especially now in troubled 
economic times, people aren't felling in 
love because there is no time (or money) 
for it and that has become a true failure. 

So, if there really is no time left in busy 
schedules for a real relationship does 
hooking up just continue to happen? 

"I don't think most students get the 
opportunity or allow themselves the 
opportunity to take time in the middle 
of it all to stop and reflect on decisions 
they have made or wonder about 
possible outcomes of an impending 
situation," said Amanda Whealon, 
coordinator for Student Leadership and 

In particular, what seemed like a good 
idea of mixing alcohol and sex into a 
one night stand could lead to unwanted 
consequences. But, this could also be 
due to our lack of sexual education and 
not having someone, like Wolf, coming 
in and giving the facts point blank on 
this sticky issue. 

"Negative sexual education can lead 
to higher rates of unwanted pregnancy 
and STDs. Your sexuality is veryprecious 
and sacred. It's a great gift" 

If sexuality is a gift, then maybe it 
should be treated with a little more 
care. But, when phrases like "bring 
back petting," "beer goggles" and "walk 
of shame" are being tossed around like 
everyday vocabulary, it can be hard to 
take what Wolf is saying to heart 

"I understand why many might 
have found some of her language and 
topics shocking, but let's not forget 
that one of her main points was that 
your generation should consider the 
benefits of saving sexual intercourse for 
long-term committed monogamous 
adult relationships - that casual 
college relationship should stop at 
'third base,'" said Dr. Adina Nack, an 
associate professor of sociology and 
the introductory speaker for Wolfs 

If someone isn't aware of the 
distinction between the different bases, 
like Wolf kindh/ sug^sted, go ask a 

February 24, 2009 


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The safety of the 
campus explored 

By Margaret Nolan 
Opinion Editor 

The students at California 
Lutheran University are now 
thinking twice before leaving 
anything unattended in their cars 
due to the slew of car burglaries 
that have happened during the 
past month on campus. 

The first three cars were broken 
into on Feb. 1 , while another 
one was stolen from the student 
parking lot by the north side of 
North Hall and Potenberg facing 
Olsen Road. 

On the morning 
of Feb. 17, two 
more student 
cars were broken 
into by the south 
side of Grace 

In every 

situation, the 
front windows 
were broken in and valuable items 
such as I-Pods, cell phones and 
GPS's that were left visible were 

"I got four phone calls from 
security in the morning," junior 
Matt Heagy said. 

"When I finally could check 
my messages, they said that my 
car had been broken into. My 
driver window was smashed in, 
everything in my glove box was 
scattered around my car. They 

took my I-Pod, the adapter, 
my Bluetooth and all my spare 

That same day, three other 
vehicles were broken into on the 
north end of Thousand Oaks, 
not on the CLU campus. 

According to Fred Miller, 
director of Safety and Security, 
the rash of auto burglaries over 
the last month is affecting more 
than just this campus. 

They have spread from the 

north end of Thousand Oaks, 

close to campus, to the areas 

of Newbury 

"Use common sense. 
Don't leave your stuff 
in your car, no matter 
where you go. " 

— Fred Miller 

Park along 
the 101 


Several car 
have also 
occurred in 
one of the 
off of Avenida 
de los Flores. 

While the police have not yet 
shared any possible suspects with 
the school, they are conducting 
an ongoing investigation and 
have stepped up their patrol 
on the CLU campus and the 
surrounding areas. 

"All this definitely makes me 
more conscious of what I leave 
in my car," junior Matt Lee said. 
"I roll up my I-Pod adapter and 
cover up anything that might 

catch the attention of someone." 

Campus security has heightened 
their levels of patrol, especially at 
nighttime when all of the previous 
robberies have occurred. 

They have also passed flyers 
along to Residence Life to be given 
to students that provide warnings 
about leaving valuables in cars and 
advice for protecting vehicles. 

"You should take all of the 
security measures that your car 
offers," Miller said. "Lock all your 
doors, your trunk, turn on your 
alarms; do everything." 

The police do suspect that the 
thieves committing these robberies 
are watching people leave stuff like 
purses, I-Pods or cell phones in 
their cars and then break in as 
soon as the person leaves their car 

"Don't think that this can't 
happen to you," Heagy said. "My 
car was parked right outside my 
room where I could see it and it 
was still broken into." 

People also need to protect 
their aftermarket stereos, as those 
were the targets of the first four 
burglaries on campus. 

Miller advises students to take 
the extra minute to take their 
faceplate off their stereo and throw 
it in their backpack before locking 
up their car. 

"Use common sense," Miller said. 
"Don't leave stuff in your car, no 
matter where you go." 

Black History 
Month celebrated 

Open mic night 
marks 2nd 
annual celebration 

By Kelsey McBride 

Echo Staff Writer , , 

Black history continues its 
celebration in February at 
California Lutheran University. The 
Black Student Union, also known 
as Brothers and Sisters United and 
The Word Multicultural Journal are 
hosting a variety of events in honor 
of Black History Month, featuring 
poetry, music, art, games, movies, 
lectures and more. 

One of the first events was the 
second Annual Open Mic Night 
with poetry, music and food in the 
Student Union Building. 

"Today we are here to celebrate 
black leaders from the present and 
past," sophomore Jakie Rodriquez, 

The goal of the BSU is to team 
about, raise awareness, celebrate and 
share with the campus the richness 
of black history and issues affecting 
the black community and to enjoy 
the varied aspects of African culture 
in the U.S. and around the world. 

Sophomore George Sleeves sang 
the songs "Lean On Me and "Aint 
No Sunshine" with freshman 
Miguel Tenorio on guitar. They got 
the whole crowd to join in and sing 
along with them. 

"I chose these songs because they 
are universal and everyone has 

heard them at least once," Sleeves 
said. "I feel Bill Withers is an icon in 
music when it comes to black history 
month because he represents true 
vocal talent" 

Regarding the importance of 
celebrating Black History Month, 
Matthew "Catfish" Jean, a senior, 
said that "1 think it is kind of bad 
because you simply say you have 
this month to celebrate it but you 
don't have a white history month 
or Jewish history month. I think it 
is a good thing though because a lot 
of people in general don't know the 
leaders or history. Why does it only 
get one month when it should be 
acknowledged all the time?" 

Jean read two poems that he wrote. 

One of them, "The Pigeons 
Paradise," is about the three types 
of women in the world today. The 
chicken head, the cosmetic conscious 
type, and the righteous woman. This 
poem was about how the way a 
person dresses shows who a person 

Open Mic night was a successful 
event and had a lot of participation 
from students and faculty. 

The Word and BSU will be hosting 
events all month long and encourage 
students to attend. 

Last week was the fourth annual 
Black History Month Super Quiz. 
Another events is CLU's first Black 
History Month Poetry Slam outside 
of the SUB. 

Every Friday during this month 
movies such as "The Autobiography 
of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Glory 
Road" will be playing in the SUB 
from noon till 1p.m. 

CLU's model UN visits Harvard 

Students travel 
to Boston for 
Model UN 

By Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

Political Science majors from 
California Lutheran University got a 
taste of Ivy League life last week when 
they attended the Harvard National 
Model United Nations. 

CLU's Model UN team was 
founded by Gregory Freeland, Ph.D., 
in 1995 and has been attending the 
Harvard conference for five years. 

Seventeen CLU students have 
been preparing since the beginning 
of the school year to represent the 
countries of Jamaica and Haiti and 
go up against schools such as Yale, 
West Point and Brown. 

Model UN is a simulation of the 
real United Nations where students 
get an opportunity to serve as 
diplomats from a country and vote 
in a manner in which their countries 

"Students prepare for HNMUN 
by participating in a Fall MUN class 
and attending a local (Anaheim or 
Buena Park) one day, California 
MUN for practice and to become 

more familiar with the process," 
Freeland said. 

"Students self-select themselves 
through their interest in 
"international relations, political 
science, and communications 
primarily, although we have had 
participants from business, religion 
and other disciplines." 

This year many students from 
CLU had the advantage of actually 
visiting Jamaica over winter 
break on a travel seminar lead by 

"Traveling to Jamaica was 
excellent prep for MUN students. 
They attended daily lectures by 
University ofWest Indies professors 
(most on subjects to be covered at 
HNMUN), went to cultural events 
(maroon festival, theatre) and ate 
local foods," he said. 

"This is by far the most 
involved I think CLU 
has been at this confer- 

— Joelle Cortez 

Freeland explained that CLU 
plans to visit Jamaica bi-annually 
and that other travel seminars to 
countries like South Africa are in 





Photo Courtesy of Jessica Kolstad 

CLU students with Dr. Freeland at Harvard National Model United Nations last week. 

the works. 

He did not work alone in preparing 
CLU students for the conference. 
Head delegate Joelle Cortez also 
helped smooth the process along. 

"As head delegate I recruited 
students to the class, registered 
our school and all delegates for the 
conference, reserved our rooms for 
the hotel and stayed in contact with 
the dean in order to get our fees paid 

for," Cortez said. 

"I was also responsible for 
keeping in touch with all of the 
students to make sure that they 
had position papers written and 
plane tickets to get to Boston." 

Students were in Boston for 
five days, affording them the 
opportunity to explore the city, 
visit Harvard's campus, enjoy the 
Bostonian seafood and stop for a 

drink at Cheers. 

"While there are a lot of other 
things that I enjoy about MUN, 
I just want to point out what an 
amazing group of students that we 
had this year," Cortez said. 

"This is by far -the most involved 
I think CLU has been at this 
conference, and that has a lot to do 
with the fact that our students were 
just really excited to be there." 

California Lutheran University 

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February 25 



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February 28 

University Chapel: 
Nancy Nelson 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Need: I The Mighty 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

Senior Salute Day 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. SUB 

'It's not what you 
look at that matters, 
it's what you see." 
~Henry David 



March 1 


March 2 



March 3 

Next week on campus 

University Soloists and the 
University Symphony 

2 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Gleaners and I (2000) 

Reel Justice Documentary Series 

5:30 p.m. SUB 


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February 24, 2009 

Kwan Fong art unites community 

By Jen Reissman 

Echo Staff Writer 

Four artists have transformed 
common objects into unique 
pieces of art that are displayed 
in the Assemblage Exhibit in the 
Kwan Fong Gallery at California 
Lutheran University. 

"Assemblage isa well established 
art making form going back 
to Dada in the 1940s," curator 
Michael Pearce said. "It is where 
artists find value in common 
place objects in a gallery setting 
where they become a thing of 
beauty in the gallery." 

The Assemblage Exhibit opened 
Feb. 7 and will last for one 
month. The exhibit was initiated 
with a grand opening on the first 
day it was unveiled. 

Pearce said "the exhibit was 
really well received and there 
was a great turn-out for the 

The exhibit brochure describes 
featured artist Bob Privitt as 
having many accomplishments. 
He is an expert drawer and 
sculpturist and his work is being 
displayed in many different 
public collections. He is also 
a former motorcycle racer, 
he worked as a journeyman 
ironworker and welder. 

Fellow artist Gary Raymond is 
a sound artist who is fascinated 
by the mysticism of inanimate 
objects. He uses non-traditional 
art objects as the visual subject 

facilities this perceptional 
metamorphis due to the 
recalibration of our awareness 
of objects we have mentally 
catalogued and dismissed in 
our brains according to the 

Leslie McQuaide is another 
artist who is featured in the 
gallery. McQuaide's art leads us 
into a path littered with signs 
of miraculous, mysterious and 
transcendent constructions. 

The gallery brochure describes 
"McQuaide [as] anything but a 
producer of nonfunctional art. 
Each piece acquires a sacred 
purpose as it comes together." 

Larkin Higgins, CLU art 
professor, is also displaying 
artwork in the Assemblage 
exhibit and as stated in the 
brochure, "the body of work 
in this exhibit recycles books 
published in the United States, 
especially on topics involving 
rules relating to human behavior. 
Each of these 'found' books 
sparked a visual textual reaction 
in the artist," as stated in the 

Higgins said that "what 
inspired me was the content of 
each discarded book. I reacted 
to each one individually and 
three-dimensionally. I hope each 
artwork allows the viewer to be 
engaged in the process as well, 
creating a dialogue." 

The Kwan Fong Gallery has 
been open for almost four years 
and has new art shows about 

Non-traditional art.objects fill the Kwan Fong Gallery. 

every month and a half. Pearce 
thinks the gallery has three 
different purposes. 

"In Thousand Oaks there are' 
very few places with art that isn't 
local so at CLU we are reaching 
out to a greater community 
in the area," he said. "Another 
purpose was to bring people 

in the .community to CLU to 
not only see the gallery but the 
school, too. The other purpose is 
to feed academic dialogue in the 
work, to have shows that relate to 
each other and create dialogue 
and discussion of academics in a 
liberal art institute." 
The next exhibit that will be 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 

displayed is a show called "New 
Work," by Megan and Murray 
McMillan. It will be in the gallery 
immediately after spring break. 
To find out more information 
on current Kwan Fong Gallery 
events be sure to look at the 
web site 

CLU alum has brains and beauty 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

California Lutheran University 
has its very own beauty queen, 
Jillian Bischoff. The CLU 
alumna was qrowned this year's 
Miss Ventura County and is 
on her way to doing things 
she always dreamed of doing. 
Bischoff graduated in December 
of 2007 with 
a degree in 
theatre arts 
and received 
a marketing 

After placing 
third runner 
up in the 
Miss Ventura 

County pageant in 2008, 
Bischoff turned around and got 
exactly what she deserved in the 
2009 pageant. At the pageant, 
the contestants were asked to 
compete in three different areas: 
swimsuit, interview and talent. 

Bischoff performed the musical 
number, "So Much Better" 
from the hit Broadway musical, 
"Legally Blonde: The Musical." 

As Miss Ventura County, 
Bischoff gets the chance to 
compete in the Miss California 
pageant later this year. She said 
that she "will compete against, 
anywhere from 43 to 52 other 
girls." While she waits for her 
time to compete, Bischoff will 
be training 
and making 
as part of 
her duties as 
Miss Ventura 

In addition 
to all the 
things she 

does on stage, 
Bischoff still 
has maintained a thirst for 
knowledge. She is in the 
graduate program at Cal 
Lutheran and has received an 
academic scholarship as part 
of her prize for winning Miss 
Ventura County. She is on 

"[I'm] trying to show 
girls it's okay to be smart 
and beautiful. You don't 
have to choose." 

— Jillian Bischoff 

track to receive her master's in 
guidance and counseling K-12. 

Bischoff also received two 
other awards in addition to her 
title. She won the Spirit of Life 
and the Academic Achievement 

For her Miss Ventura County 
pageant, Bischoff was asked to 
prepare a platform statement. 
The statement was supposed 
represent something that the 
contestant does as a service to 
her community. Her statement 
was based on "seeing beauty 
from the inside," something she 
put together due to her personal 
struggles with eating disorders 
when she was younger. 

Bischoff wan* to help girls 
that are struggling with their 
problems with self-image. She 
said she is "trying to show 
girls it's okay to be smart and 
beautiful. You don't have to 

One of the things she does 
to help create awareness about 
eating disorders and their 
consequences is to donate to 
NEDA. NEDA, or the National 

Eating Disorders Association, 
has been responsible for 
many accomplished ways in 
which they have helped young 
people who suffer from eating 
disorders. Bischoff is very 
attached to this cause and has 
been raising money for this 

foundation for a few years. 
She even mentioned that The 
National Eating Disorders 
Awareness Week is from Feb. 

Bischoff will compete in the 
Miss California pageant this 

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February 24, 2009 

Hip hop club hosts lyrical duel 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

The bumping beat vibrating 
from inside the Grace Hall 
Lounge announced to the 
California Lutheran University 
campus that even though the 
day had been slick with chills 
and rain, the Spit It party was 
only getting started. 

Hosted by the CLU Hip Hop 
Association, Spit It is a hip- 
hop freestyle battle between 
six contestants. Each contestant 
warms up with one minute to 
flow on a chosen subject against 
another challenger. A set of 
judges decide on who will go 
to the next level and the final 
two face off in a final bout of 

"I want to see some energy 
out there!" illdub said, the 

first challenger of the evening 
before launching into song. The 
audience got into the sound, 
clapping and nodding along to 
the smooth beats. 

Rex, the second performer, got 
the audience to walk up to the 
stage while spouting out lyrics 
proclaiming his girl's "jeans 
[are] supertight like airport 

"Hip hop music events aren't 
that common on campus," 
junior Stacy Gross said. "I have 
major respect for people who 
get up there and freestyle like 

From the subject of politics to 
ex-girlfriends, the challengers 
raise the bar on how low they 
can go during the warm-up 

Contender Griffin started 
off the topic of ex-girlfriends 
by asking the audience, "First 

of all, is my ex here?" before 
launching into catchy rhymes 
comparing his ex-girlfriend to 
being as easy as free Halloween 

While Griffin gets the laughs, 
it was his competition, Cross, 
who was the standout of the 
evening. Cross had strong flow 
peppered with expletives that 
didn't pause or get stuck easily. 

This was unlike some of the 
rivals who made tired Star Jones 
and Paris Hilton references that 
barely get a polite chuckle from 
the crowd. 

The final showdown was 
between Griffin and Cross, as 
chosen by the judges, with the 
topic of freedom. 

Griffin's rap declared, "We 
won't even see social security... 
freedom, I demand it." Cross 
took a higher route, saying 
"It's all love from me to him... 

freedom is all I see." 

The first place winner was 
Griffin, who won a mike- 
shaped trophy. 

Second place went to Cross, 

"I have major respect for 
people who get up there 
and freestyle like that." 

■ Stacey Gross 

who received a 640 gigabyte 
hard drive and a praise of being 
"dope" from Griffin. 

The third place winner was 

"I loved the turnout," senior 
Josie Santiago said. "It was 
great for people who aren't 
familiar with the culture, they 
got to experience something 


Santiago, the vice president 
of the Hip Hop Organization, 
hosted the event alongside 
Elsa Perez, the club president. 
Santiago rounded up 

performers from Northridge, 
Thousand Oaks and Ventura 
County for the freestyle battle. 

"It's very difficult to get into 
the industry," said Santiago. 
"Get your name out there, 
network with someone you 
know, and continue on." 

Cross, whose real name is 
Stephen Barra, has been rapping 
for four years with Stainless 
Love Entertainment and 
encourages hopefuls to "never 
give up, no matter what." 

The Hip Hop Organization's 
upcoming events include the 
Hip Hop Panel discussion on 
Thursday and the art exhibit in 
Overton Hall on Friday. 

Festival honors theater students 

By Michelle Schwartz 
Echo Staff Writer 

Eighteen theater students 
were missing last week, from 
the CalifoL^U Lutheran 
:University cwBpus. 

Instead, these students were 
at Cal State Fullerton, for the 
American College Theater 
Festival, with seven of those 
students attending because 
they were nominated for their 

Students Grete Bergland, 
Kelly Derouin, Zach Gallen, 
Beth Palko, Sophie Sinise, 
Noah Skultety and Ryan 
Strand were nominated for an 
acting award called an Irene 
Ryan, and they attended ACTF 
to compete with hundreds of 
other college students from the 
southern region to try to make 
it to the national competition 
in Washington, D.C. 

ACTF is not just an acting 
competition, but is also for 
technical theater students, 
stage managers, dramaturges 
and directors. Not only are all 
of these students competing 
for awards, but ACTF is also 
a week-long festival featuring 
invited shows, scenes, 

workshops, student written 
and one acts. 

Bergland was 
nominated for 
the first time 
for her role 
this past fall 
in "Anatomy 
of Gray." 

Although she 
felt honored to 
be nominated, 

the pressure that comes with 
a nomination is very intense. 
The nominee must have a 
scene partner and prepare two 
scenes and a monologue. 

"I felt a lot of pressure to not 
disappoint," Bergland said. 
"One of my scenes was red 
listed and I didn't know this 
until a week or so before we 
left for Fullerton, and had to 
pull a second scene together in 
two days." 

In preparing for this 

competition, each student read 

10 shows or 

select scenes 

on average to 

try and find 

the right scene 

to compete 

with. Strand 

read over 

20 different 

shows to find 

his scenes 

and has been 

preparing for this competition 

since December 2008. Strand 

was nominated for his leading 

role in this past fall's blackbox, 

"Bright Ideas." 

"I was very proud that 
as a freshman, I could 
be recognized for my 

— Ryan Strand 

"I was very proud that 
as a freshman, I could be 
recognized for my work," 
Strand said. 

For any student, missing a 
week of school means a lot of 
make-up work, and usually 
an upset teacher. Although 
these theater students had 
department excuse notices and 
were competing to represent 
our school, not all teachers 
respond positively to their 
student being absent. 

"Most of my professors 
weren't familiar with what I'd 
be doing and so they didn't 
really care" Bergland said. 
"They just wanted me to get 
my work done." 

For Strand, his teachers' 
responses were mixed. 

"Most were very 

understanding and excited," 
he said." But some still gave me 
that, 'Theater? Really?' kind of 

Gallen had been preparing 
for the competition since he 
found out he was nominated in 
November of 2008. This is his 
second Irene Ryan nomination. 
When it came to missing his 
classes for this week, Gallen 
said it was all about how he 
phrased the competition to his 

"When I said, 'I have the 
privilege of performing' they 
simply encouraged me to have 
my assigned material prepared 
for my return. However, at 
other times the professors 
would not be happy about me 
missing class because of their 
absence policies." 

After seeing hundreds of 
theater students do their 
scenes, the judges at ACTF 
only selected 32 actors to move 
on in the competition. No one 
from CLU moved on, but being 
nominated in the first place is 
a high honor. 




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Movie Review: 

'Slumdog Millionaire' 

Destiny. The idea that we can meet someone as 
a child and fall so deeply in love that it pushes us 
throughout our lives, relendess in its pursuit of the 
one person who completes us, mind, body and soul. 
In the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" we witness 
the story of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) an 18-year- 
old boy from Mumbai, raised in the slums, who 
becomes a millionaire. 

He gets the opportunity to be on India's "Who 
Wants to be a Millionaire" game show. In doing so 
we are a witness to his life. It is a life full of trials and 

Directed by Danny Boyle and 
Loveleen Tandan, "Slumdog 
Millionaire" is a captivating 
movie that provides a first 
hand glimpse into the life of 
poverty in India. What makes 
this movie different from a 
normal "rags to riches" story 
line is the screenplay. 

Written by Simon Beaufoy, 
the screenplay allows you to 
see firsthand Jamal's life, as 
well as the lives of his brother, 
Salim (Madhiir Mittal), and 
Latika (Freida Pinto), his one 
true love. 

"Slumdog Millionaire" 

gives the audience a wake-up 
call about the poverty some 
people live in and opens our 
eyes to the lives of children 
who become innocent victims, 
and become the true casualties 
of war. 

The game show is merely a 
microcosm in the film, and what gets the audience 
so enthralled are the flashbacks Jamal walks us 
through, about the things he's had to go through and 
the monstrosities that have been done to him. 

After Jamal is one question away from winning 20 
million rupees (about half a million U.S. dollars) he 
is kidnapped by the local police and dragged through 
a terrorist interrogation. The police are convinced 
that he is cheating his way through the game show 

"Slumdog wins best picture! 

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Movie Critic 

and are determined to find out how he did it. 

Throughout his interrogation, they play a tape of 
his episode and pause after each question to ask him 
how he knew the answer. By answering the police 
chief's questions we are taken through his life and 
watch as he grows up and views his life experiences. 
We see that he lived a life on the run, whether it is 
from gangs or just looking for a dry place to sleep. 
Jamais life plays out during each explanation of his 
answers and as we see his story unfold, we begin to 
get a true grasp of how far he has come. 

Once the child who looked 
to his brother Salim for 
guidance, he grows into a 
self-driven call center chai 
runner whose never-ending 
search for his one true love, 
Latika, leads him in and out of 
many perilous situations. His 
relationship with his brother 
changes drastically after his 
brother takes Latika away from 
him and begins lackeying for a 
well known mob boss in his 
old neighborhood. 

Through Jamais trials and 
tribulations we come to 
understand his main desire for 
being on the game show, the 
chance to be seen by Latika. 
The one show she always 
watches is "Who Wants to be 
a Millionaire," because as she 
puts it, "it is an escape from 
whats going on around me." 

His story captivates the 
nation, inspiring people from 
all walks of life, giving hope to a country that forgot 
what hope felt like. 

It is destiny that helps Jamal answer that 
final question for 20 million rupees. "Slumdog 
Millionaire" is a must-see film that will leave you 
clapping after its final credits roll. Is there such 
a thing as destiny? Can we believe in fate? This 
movie will leave you with no doubt that anything 
is possible. 

Music Column: Duo, Meg and Dia 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

I want to begin by introducing 
this project that I am trying to 
start up. Due to my absolute 
admiration for music and the 
world surrounding it, I want to 
share new bands and provide 
you with upcoming shows. 
Although these are artists that 
I prefer, I will cover all sorts 
of genres and I like to think I 
have pretty good taste in music. 
My hope for this column is to 
give the students at California 
Lutheran University an easy 
place to explore new avenues 
of artistry and options for new 
events in the surrounding areas. 
I hope you enjoy what I have put 
together for this column. Besos! 

Artist to Watch: Meg and Dia 

Meg and Dia has been on the 
rise since they released their first 
album, "Our Home Is Gone," in 
2005. The duo of sisters began 
writing together when they were 
young and jumped into it head- 
first after Dia graduated early 
from Shadow Ridge High School 

in Las Vegas in 2005. 

Personally, "Our Home Is 
Gone," is my favorite album by 
them because it's more acoustic 
than anything due to the fact 
that they produced it themselves 
and were a duo at the time, 
rather than the full band they 
are now. 

Their second album, 

"Something Real," was released 
in 2006 and is when the group 
started getting major attention. 
The "Something Real," album 
consists of newly revamped songs 
off of "Our Home Is Gone," and 
some new stuff as well. 

They toured for 2 1/2 years 
after they released their second 
album. Meg and Dia made a few 
appearances on the Vans Warped 
Tour during that time, and got a 
chance to work and tour with big 
names such as Plain White T's, 
Bayside and The Spill Canvas. 

Coming up in March Meg 
and Dia will be releasing a new 
album, "Here, Here, and Here." 
Two singles have been released 
and they are outstanding. "Black 
Wedding" is a crazy upbeat song 
with rad guitar solos and has 
such an amazing sound. 

I love what they were but 
I embrace them for their 
adventurous attitude toward 
music. I hope you will listen to 
them and enjoy their music as I 
do. You can find their music on In addition, 
you can see them at the House 
of Blues in West Hollywood on 
March 13. 

My favorite Meg and Dia 
songs: "Indiana," "Monster" and 
"Nineteen Stars." 

My favorite Meg and Dia 
Album: "Our Home Is Gone." 

Upcoming Shows: 

Friday- Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy 
at Canyon Club Thousand Oaks. 

March 11- Shwayze and 
LMFAO at House of Blues West 

March 13- The Subcity Take 
Action Tour w/ Meg and Dia, 
Cute Is What We Aim For, 
Breathe Carolina and Every 
Avenue at House of Blues West 

April 4- Berlin at House of 
Blues West Hollywood; Gin 
Blossoms at Canyon Club 
Thousand Oaks. 

"What are some creative 

ways to save money during 

the economic recession?" 

'Learn how to cook!" 

Emily Cowles 

"Buy a horse to save 
money on gas." 

Dan Erickson 

M £ 

"Cut out Starbucks, 

people spend more 

money than they 

realize there." 


Erin Strand 

"Drive less, carpool 
more and bike 

Johannes Koerm 
and Elliot Kimmel 

"I steal my books 
from the bookstore." 


California Lutheran University 


I The Echo 

Page 8 

February 24. 2009 

What happened to 
all the role models? 

Nothing thrills me more than 
awards season. 

That's a lie. 

A lot of things thrill me more 
than awards season. 

I am more thrilled 
that Conan O'Brien 
will be hosting "The 
Tonight Show" starting 

I am more thrilled 
that baseball's spring 
training has started. 

I was more thrilled 
when Denny's offered 
a free Grand Slam 
breakfast three weeks 

But, I'd also be 

lying if I said that I 
completely ignore the awards 

Was anyone else as shocked as 
I was when Disney's "Wall-E" 
upset Disney's "Bolt" in the best 
animated feature category? 

However, my column this 
week is not focused on Sunday's 
Academy Awards. 

Don't get me wrong, I wanted to 
talk about the Oscars. 

1 wanted to talk about the red 
carpet fashion. 

I wanted to talk about how 
awkward it was seeing Zac Efron 
at the ceremony. 

And I certainly wanted to 
express my disgust over Robert 
Pattinson being 
a presenter. 

I don't care 
that he was 
Edward Cullen 
and I don't care 
to see him at 
the Academy 

But, I need to 
talk about some 
events of the 
last few weeks. 

I'll start with the brouhaha 
that overshadowed the Grammy 
Awards more than two weeks 

The awards ceremony itself had 
some big moments. 

Blink- 1 82 announced its 
reunion, with a tour slated for 
this summer. 

Stevie Wonder performed with 
the legendary Jonas Brothers. 

But the big news concerned what 
didn't happen at the Grammys. 

Singer Chris Brown was arrested 
after reportedly assaulting an 
unidentified woman, believed 
to be his girlfriend, pop star 

Both had been scheduled to 
perform on the program before 

Brown has managed to screw 
things up for himself. 

Chewing gum company Wrigley 
announced suspending ad 

The question must 
be asked: Who is 
thinking of the children? 
These four celebrities are 
all legitimate role mod- 
els for today's youth. 

campaigns featuring the singer as 
its Doublemint gum spokesman. 
He certainly has not doubled his 
pleasure, nor his fun, due to this 

But that's, not the 
worst of his problems. 

He has tarnished 
his reputation and 
standing among the 

And that appears to 
be the trend all of a 

Only a week prior to 
the incident involving 
Brown, Michael Phelps, 
winner of eight gold 

medals in the Beijing 

Olympics, was pictured 
allegedly getting high from a 
"marijuana pipe." 

As a result, Kellogg's decided 
not to renew his endorsement 

I'm still surprised Frito-Lay 
hasn't made an offer. 

Sports Illustrated reported two 
weeks ago that baseball All-Star 
Alex Rodriguez took steroids for 
three seasons while with the Texas 

He later admitted the allegations 
were true, citing "an enormous 
amount of pressure to perform." 
The irony is that even with 
performance-enhancing drugs, 
he still can't hit in October. 

the pressure is 
really on? 

Even action 
star Christian 
Bale was 

bashing the 
director of 

on the set of 
his new film, 
"Terminator: Salvation". 

The outburst, which occurred 
last July and contains 36 f-bombs 
in under five minutes, was just 
recently released in an audio 

After nearly a week of silence, 
Bale publicly apologized in a 
radio interview. 

Many have come to his defense, 
including Whoopi Goldberg. 

But unless Oprah also lends her 
influence, I think it's a lost cause. 
The question must be asked: 
Who is thinking of the children? 

These four celebrities are all 
legitimate role models for today's 

Imagine the many teenage girls 
that swoon over 1 9-year-old Chris 
Brown, the many kids that look 
up to Michael Phelps, the many 
Little-Leaguers that idolize A- 
Rod, and the many youngsters 
that adore Batman. 
Now who can they look up to? 

He's just not that into you 

Isn't it obvious when the 
person you like isn't into you? 

I guess it isn't that obvious 
when the newest 
craze is a book and 
movie telling women' 
the apparent signs of 
when a guy isn't into 

This past weekend I 
decided to go see "He's 
Just Not That Into 
You," for journalistic 
purposes of course. 

I then realized how 
ridiculous people 

(and I say people 
because men are guilty 
of it too) can be when it comes 
to love, or wanting to be in love. 

I like to think of myself as a 
rather levelheaded girl with 
good perception. 

However, when 1 look back I 
am definitely guilty of making 
excuses for a guy. 

We all are, but I wasn't aware 
of how naive girls are. 

This movie doesn't make 
women look stupid, instead 
women appear as unobservant 

Don't get me wrong; I thought 
the movie was thoroughly 
entertaining, mainly because 
there are so many people out 
there who just don't get it. 

It would be ludicrous of me to 

speak on behalf of men and the 
conversations they have among 
each other. 

What I do know is 
girlfriends are guilty 
of making excuses for 

"Maybe he lost your 
number or his phone 

How about, "He's 
playing hard to get," 
after two weeks of not 
I don't think so. 
I understand not 
wanting to hurt your 
friend's feelings, but 
aren't friends more hurt when 
you're not honest with them? 

And how will they ever learn if 
they don't hear 


the hard truth? 

So, many 

many thanks to 
authors Greg 
Behrendt and 
Liz Tuccillo 
for writing this 

Thank you for 
finally being 

Thank you for giving people 
some clarity. 

The book and the movie have 
tips for the people who are little 
"oblivious" to what's going 

on with the person they are 
interested in. 

This book is a guide, a 
motivation, a rule book so to 

The rules are as follows: 

If a guy won't call you, sleep 
with you, marry you or is 
already married, he's just not 
that into you. 

These are the rules to live by. 

When a guy comes around that 
will call you, will sleep with you 
and will marry you, then you 
have become the exception to 
the rule. 

Use your gut, don't make 
excuses and think about your 
own actions. 

I believe men and women 
think pretty similarly. 

So think 

hese are the rules to 
live by. When a guy 
comes around that will 
call you, will sleep with 
you and will marry you, 
then you have become 
the exception to the rule. 

about when 
you told that 
guy, "I'm just 
not ready 

to be in a 
when you 
really meant, 
"I'm just not 
ready to be in 
one with you." 
Are the things he's doing to 

you, something you've done to 

someone else? 

If so, take the hint. He or she 

just isn't that into you. 

February 24, 2009 


The Echo - Page 9 

Letter to the Editor 

in betv 


Reshai Tate 

When the ice cream melts, and 
the stickers fade... 

What an amazing time it is to be 
a California Lutheran University 

As a candidate 
running for ASCLU 
president, I've 

had the pleasure 
of witnessing- the 
creativity and 

enthusiasm of 

some of my most 
respected peers. 

you turn, there is 
colorful marketing, 
massive Facebook 
groups, Improv 
shout-outs and even 
ice cream trucks. 

To say the least candidates are 
pulling out all the stops. 

However, after the ice cream 
melts, and those nifty stickers 
fade, it is important for you to 
know that the candidate you 
choose will be an advocate for all 

With that in mind, if I am chosen 
to be your president, here are the 
things I am dedicated to do to 
benefit the CLU community. 

As your president, I will reach 
out and make every effort to 
hear your voice and represent 
your ideas directly, to both the 
Board of Regents and the Alumni 

As one face of many faces, I 
will promote the needs of all 
students including athletes, under 
represented students of different 
faiths, races, political views and 

sexual orientations, commuter 
students, transfer students, 
students who love the caf, 
students who don't and everyone 

I want to hear from 
you, whatever that may 

And I challenge you to 
hold me accountable. 

Working with the 
other elected student 
representatives on 

executive cabinet, I will 
strive to make student 
government visible, 

more approachable 

and all of our activities 

What does that mean 
for you? 

Knowing how your student fees 
are spent, being able to access 
meeting agendas and minute 
records, having a say in what 
activities are planned, and feeling 
entitled to show concern. 

Over the past three years, I have 
learned many things from my 
peers at CLU. 

They have taught me the values 
of integrity and humility and for 
that I would like to say thank 

If I could leave you with just 
one last thought, it would be that 
no other candidate will work as 
diligently, faithfully or relentlessly 
on your behalf as I will. 
You have my word. 

ReShai L.Tate '10 
Prospective ASCLU President 

Straight from the red carpet 

Watching the Oscars has been a 
yearly event for me as far as I can 

I've always been interested in 
them. I even have taken off work to 
watch them. 

Obsessed? Maybe, but very worth 
it to me. 

And this year I was going to the 
Red Carpet in person! 

Joelle Cortez and 1 arrived in 
Hollywood at 10:15 a.m. 

We parked and started walking 
toward the Kodak Theater. 

I was so anxious. I just wanted to 
be there and watch all the celebrities 

I couldn't believe I was finally 

Freddie Krueger, the Joker, and 
fason all tried to distract us or kill 
us (we weren't quite sure which), 
but finally we made it to a 
security guard who told 
us to go to Superman. 

What an odd directive. 

When we got to 
Superman he said, "Red 
Carpet bleacher seats? 
This way ladies." 

We followed the 
volunteers in red shirts 
through the gate and 
arrived at check-in. 

My anticipation was 
building so much I could 
hardly control myself. 

1, Beth Peters, was going to 
sit in the Red Carpet bleachers for 
the 81* Academy Awards! 

We got our snazzy nametags, went 
through security and got gift bags, 
Krispy Kreme Donuts and water. 

Then, we were escorted to our 

bleacher section, which was Section 
6, row B, seats 3 and 4. 

This means we were in the section 
right where the celebrities get out of 
their limos or cars and we were in 
the second row. 

I immediately started to take 
pictures and watch all the people 
line up along Hollywood and 

We had a few not so good 
moments while we were waiting. 
People in crowds really bug me 

They think they are so funny, 
when in fact they are just annoying 
and plain rude. 

Yes, we were lucky enough to have 
some of those in our section. 

You know the type: They're loud, 
obnoxious, can't be quiet about 
anything, everything has to be 

To top that off our 
sandwiches for lunch 
were gross. 

But I got over that 
and just relished the 
fact that I was in 
Hollywood sitting in 
the bleachers on the 
Red Carpet for the 81* 1 
Academy Awards. 

I was so blessed to 
have won these tickets: 
I cannot even express 
how excited I was. 
At 1:30 p.m. more 
police started to arrive. 

The husde and bustle around the 
facility slowly grew. 

There was more security and the 
people working it were coming all 
dressed up. 

By 2 p.m. more valets and escorts 
began to arrive. 

At 3 p.m. the first celebrity guest 
arrived. There was a bus and 
excitement in the air. 

Who is it? I can't see! Sit down! 

It's Miley Cyrus. In person 1 
thought her dress actually looked 
a lot better than most critics 
have rated it, but I- think that it 
potentially may weigh more than 
she does. 

I love how Meryl Streep dresses 
for her age. 

Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, 
Frieda Pinto, Angelina Jolie, 
Penelope Cruz, Amy Adams, Alicia 
Keys and many more all looked 
great, amazing even. 

But, can we talk about Jessica Beil 
and Sarah Jessica Parker's boobs 
popping out? Yikes. 

The guys were looking good in 
their suits and tuxes. 

I wasn't so much a fan of Phillip 
Seymour Hoffman's beanie, but 
what ya gonna do? 

Also, I'm still mad that some 
of the people didn't walk the red 

If Sean Penn can do it, so can you 
Kate Winslet (just to name one of 

We saw so many famous people, it 
was amazing. 

I couldn't believe I was actually 
seeing these celebrities live and in 

I've wanted to see some of them 
most of my life, and now, 1 finally 


It was weird to realize that I had 
now done something that I had 
always dreamed of. 


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Octo-mom's actions questioned 

Mother of 14 
unemployed and 
on state disability 

Nadya Suleman, or "Octo- 
mom" as she's being called, has 
been vilified and venerated by the 
public in recent weeks. 

About a month ago, Suleman, 
an unmarried woman, living 
on welfare and living with her 
mother, brought eight precious 
children into this world. 

What wasn't readily apparent 
was those eight little bundles of 
joy already had six brothers and 

Initially, media outlets 
sensationalized the fact that this 
woman had given birth to eight 
healthy, albeit premature babies. 

The children were born 9 x /i 
weeks premature and still remain 
in the hospital today, one month 

What a feat of modern 

After those initial reports 
were filed though, the facts 
surrounding this extraordinary 
story came to light. 

Media oudets are now reporting 
that Suleman is unemployed, and 
on state disability. 

She apparently also receives 


several hundred dollars a month 
in food stamps. 

And three of her six earlier 
children receive federal income 
for disabilities they 

Other reports 

indicate that Suleman 
is a graduate student 
with over $50,000 in 
student loan debt. 

And she denies 
taking any taxpayer 

On Feb. 18, the 
Los Angeles Times 
reported that the 
three-bedroom house 
that Suleman lives in 
with her mother and 
six other children is in default to 
the tune of $23,224 and in danger 
of foreclosure. 

Specifically, the bank is set to sell 
her mom's house June 9. 

It would seem to me that while 
the hard economic times have 
befallen a lot of people across the 
nation, and some of those people 
do have legitimate needs for 
government assistance, most are 
not seeking in-vitro fertilization 
after already having six children 
at the same time. 

Suleman's actions are not 
only reckless, unethical and 
irresponsible, they are above all 


Even as a single parent there's 

nothing unethical, reckless or 

irresponsible about having a large 

family, so long as one has 

the capacity to properly 

care for such a family. 

Suleman doesn't. 

Recendy, in an effort 
to glamorize the 
situation even more and 
lend it some celebrity 
credibility, several 

media outlets have been 
making comparisons 
between "Octo-mom" 
and Angelina JoUe, a 

While the two 
may bear some vague 
resemblance to one another, the 
similarities stop there. 

Jolte has adopted three children 
and has three biological children; 
moreover she makes a bazillion 
dollars a year with her movies 
and endorsements. 

Suleman on the other hand 
lives with her mom, is a graduate 
student, receives disability and 
has a quite a bit of student loan 

If she tried to adopt six kids, 
let alone 14, she would most 
assuredly be turned down. 

Ethically, morally and legally 
why would a fertility specialist 

allow this to happen? 

More importantly where is 
Suleman getting the money for 
these fertility procedures in the 
first place? 

Perhaps it's from her Web site,, 
where you can make a donation 
via credit card through paypal; 
"Show me the money!" 

You can also mail your 
donations or helpful items to the 
needy family. 

I'm thinking of mailing her 
some common sense (not cents). 
On the Web site visitors can 
meet the octuplets. 

Not literally though, they're in 
little incubators getting stronger 
by the day. 

The public can "meet" the eight 
little ones simply by viewing 
pictures of the children, provided 
courtesy of NBC. Cha ching! 

After all these shenanigans the 
words "unfit mother" come to 

I have no doubt that Ms. 
Suleman loves all 14 of her kids 
with all her heart, but does she 
have the capacity to care for 
My best guess is no. 
Should there be reforms in the 
medical community, to review 
the ethics behind these fertility 
practices? Yes! 

California Lutheran University 

C* The Echo . 


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February 24, 2009 

Sport Schedules 













12:00 p.m. 



7:30 p.m. 


7:30 p.m. 


Track & 


Rossi Relays 


12:00 p.m. 



2:30 p.m. 


11:00 a.m. 




2:00 p.m. 




Pomona- Pitzer* 

9:30 a.m. 


2:00 p.m. 

Shade denotes home game. * Conference Game. DH= Double Header. 

Where did the money go? 

Cory Schuett 

It's difficult to talk about 
any subject nowadays without 
mentioning the sad state of the 

The sports industry is no 
different than any other 
business trying to work 
through a tough situation. 

Record high job-losses are 
occurring at a rapid 
pace, and things 
are looking to get 
worse before they 
get better. 

Because of this, 
there is a noticeable 
difference in the 
complexion of fans 
at stadiums. 

Sports give people 
something to cheer 
about, especially 

during a struggling economy. 

The excitement of 

competition and the feeling of 
exhilaration when your team 
wins can be an escape from 
reality. Money spent on tickets 
is usually worth every dime. 

One would think that 
attendance would be down 
at sports venues across the 
country, but statistics reveal 
the opposite. 

In 2007, the NFL set an all- 
time attendance record for the 
sixth consecutive year. 

MLB and the NBA maintained 
last year's figures, dropping by 
insignificant marks of between 
1 and 2 percent. 

At the same time, ticket prices 
for professional games are at a 
record high, according to Team 

Marketing Report. 

It now takes about $400 for a 
typical family of four to attend 
an NFL game, $280 for the 
NBA and $190 for MLB (gas 

The answer to this 
phenomenon lies in social 

Despite the sagging 
economy, popular 
sports are climbing 
the social ladder. 

Customers with 
higher incomes are 
happily paying more 
and more to take 
"regular" consumers* 
seats at games. 

The people with 

more money, at 

least for the time 

being, have enough disposable 

income to keep the spinning 

turnstiles. This results in a 

Record high job -loss- 
es are occurring at 
a rapid pace, and things 
looking to get worse 
before they get better. 

skewing of fans one would 
expect to see. 

To people of a more white- 
collar variety, professional 
sporting events have become 
an opportunity for socializing 
and networking. That's why 

it is nearly impossible for a 
normal fan to buy a ticket to 
the Super Bowl. 

While no stadium would 
ever get rid of cheap seats 
altogether, building small, 
single-use arenas allows teams 
to raise ticket prices and 
decrease the nosebleed seats at 
the same time. 

Fans priced out of the stadium 
are, luckily, still able follow the 
teams they love, whether it 
be through the Internet, HD 
television, satellite radio or 
cell phones. 

Even if a sport is out of 
season, companies have more 
chances than ever to make 
money without ever selling 
them a seat. 

MLB's Advanced Media 
subsidiary, which operates its 
online and digital business, is 
worth $400 million alone. 

But if the economy does not 
get better soon, leagues that 
rely heavily on ticket sales (as 
opposed to television deals), 
like the NBA and NHL, could 
start visibly hurting. 

It would not be surprising 
to see teams get relocated or 

Leagues will really start 
worrying if those expensive 
suites begin to go unclaimed. 

As it stands now, they have 
the audience, the revenue and 
a trendy product. 

People will still file through 
the turnstiles, even if it's no 
longer the average fan who is 
taking a seat. 

By Jeff Shalem 
Echo Staff Writer 

Vaughn & Vermillion 
win SCIAC gold 

Swimming and DiV- Liebhardt also seta school record 

_ . becoming the first swimmer in 

ing finish SeaSOn school history to record a sub-48 

with best showing X " SSL * 

show improvements from previous 
meets, as Kaija also recorded a 
personal best winning. It took the 
consolation championship with 
a time of 47.84, and became the 
second person in school history to 
record a sub-48 second time in the 

Smith also chalked his name in 
the CLU record books. His fourth 
place finish proved to be a CLU best 
by almost three seconds, becoming 
the first in school history to finish 
under two minutes in 100-meter 

Jill Minehan led the young Regals 
to fifth place finish at the Belmont 
Plaza. In her final event in SCIAC 
play, the senior recorded a 2:07.08 
time in the 200-meter fly, earning 
her a second place finish in the 
event. Senior Amanda Graves 
placed third with a time of 2:07.50 
and finished under the NCAA "B" 
mark with Minehan. 

The teams youth prevailed as 
freshman Lindsay Nolan had a 
podium finish in the 100-meter 
freestyle. Her time of 54.05 was 
good enough to take third place 
in SCIAC. Nolan joined Minehan, 
Graves and Brooke Dacus in the 
400-meter freestyle relay to cap 
off the championships with a third 
place finish. The Regals finished 
fifth overall with 397.5 points. 

Vermillion, Minehan, Graves 
all await to see if their times will 
hold for a National Championship 
Berth in their individual events. 

The future looks bright for the 
Kingsmen and Regal swimming 
and dive teams. After finishing 
a step above from the previous 
season, the Kingsmen look to 
take a successful fourth place 
finish, while setting 15 California 
Lutheran University records along 
the way. Once again the Regals 
improve for next year, as they bring 
a young squad back to build on 
their accomplishments this season. 

At the SCIAC Championships on 
Valentine's day weekend, the men's 
team broke every relay record. This 
impressive feat was highlighted by 
400-meter freestyle relay podium 
finish with a time of 3:09.78. 

This team consisted of Jordan 
Liebhardt, Gannon Smith, Jake 
Kaija and Jared Vermillion. 
Vermillion also earned his first 
individual tide by avenging his two 
podium finishes the previous year 
with a convincing win with a time 
of 1:54.63. 

Vermillion was the second 
Kingsmen to win an individual 
title that weekend. Senior Eric 
Vaughn had a very good day from 
the 3-meter springboard. His 
total score 379.75 was 20 points 
higher than any of the other 14 
competitors that day. This was his 
first individual title as well. 

Lindsay Nolan and Brooke Dacus embrace at the end ofth 

February 24, 2009 


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Regals close out 
season with tough loss 

Young Regals 
return majority 
for next season 

By Tiffany Michaels 

Echo Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran 
Regals basketball season came 
to a close Saturday night at 
Pomona Pitzer. 

The CLU women's basketball 
team finished with a record of 
7-17, 5-8 SCIAC. 

The Regals struggled 
during the beginning of the 
season-, but worked together 
in the second half of the 
season, winning half of their 
remaining games. 

"The entire year we struggled 
to play well at away games and 
the La Verne and Redlands 
games were no different," said 
senior guard Cheryl Lee. 

The Regals only pulled off 
two wins of their seven away 

games, compared to winning 
five of their nine games at 

The Regals came up short 
against the La Verne Leopards 
(17-4, 9-2 SCIAC), 73-51. 

Sophomore guard Kourtney 
Jones had an outstanding 
game scoring 20 points, with 
three turnovers and a steal. 

Sims brought in eight points 
with three assists, three 
turnovers, and a steal. 

For the Leopards, Ashley 
Paul scored 27 points with 
an assist, a steal and three 

The Leopards held CLU to 39 
percent from the field while 
they shot 53 percent and came 
out with the win. 

The CLU Regals enjoyed 
their last home game for the 
seniors Feb. 14, where they 
came up with the win over 
Caltech (3-20, 0-12 SCIAC), 
their last win of the season. 

The Regals had the lead the 
entire game. Senior Melissa 
Conway finished her season 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 
Mylene Alarcon draws the foul as she took her against Caltech. 

with nine points, three assists 
and six rebounds. Lee had a 
career-high 15 points. 

Lisa Yee led Caltech with 14 
points and nine rebounds. 

The Regals shot 34 percent 
from the field and held 
Caltech to only 23 percent. 

The Regals ended their 
season with back-to-back 
SCIAC losses to Redlands and 

The Regals suffered a loss to 
Redlands (18-6, 10-3 SCIAC) 
on Feb. 19. 

Sims had a total of 14 points 
and seven rebounds to try and 
keep them in the game but the 
Redlands Bulldogs' defense 
proved strong holding the 
Regals to 23 percent shooting 
from the field. 

Redlands top scorer was Ali 
Bueno with 16 points and a 
turnover. Meghan Yetman and 
Mariah Barbetti-Cort gave up 
four turnovers each. 

The Regals came up short to 
the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 
(7-13, 3-8 SCIAC), 62-64. 

For the Regals, freshman 
guard Danika Briggs was the 
scoring leader with a total of 
13 points, two assists and a 
turnover. Forwards Nita Sims 
and Christina Cherry scored 
10 points a piece. 

The Sagehens top scorer, 
Deirdre Chew had a total of 23 
points, six assists, six turnover 
and three steals. 

The CLU regals shot 38 
percent from the field while 
the Sagehens shot 43 percent. 

The Regals had a season of 
ups and down but learned to 
play together as a team. They 
had a lot of talent on the 
team and enjoyed playing the 

"My favorite thing this 
season was going to Spokane, 
Washington for our basketball 
trip. I had so much fun," Lee 



Beth Peters 



February 24th and 25th 

The Knights Rugby have set up another pivotal match with Occidental. 

Knights rugby 
slams Whittier 

Rugby set's up 
key match with 
rival Occidental 

By Selase Amoaku 

Echo Staff Writer 

The undefeated rugby club 
had another dominating 
performance in its last outing 
while squaring off against the 
club from Whittier College 
on Saturday at Mount Clef 

Coming off a dominating 
win last weekend as well, the 
rolling rugby club demolished 
their opponent 39-3. Although 
there was not a large crowd, 
one would never be able to 
tell when witnessing the sheer 
determination of the players 
out on the field. 

It seemed as if all the Knights 
of California Lutheran 
University were contributing 
to the action as well as the 

Ian Freeman scored on two 
tries, Tim Coville scored his 
first try of the early season, 
Vince Bartels scored a try and 
had two conversions, Jacob 
Calderon, Malcolm Mostoles 
and Andrew Aguiniga each 
scored on one try. 

However, after the game 
some players had a different 

"Though we controlled the 
match for most of the time, 
it was a grind-out victory," 
Aguiniga said. 

"There were quite a few 
opportunities that we gave 
them, but our defense clamped 
down. Offensively, we moved 
the bail but mental mistakes 
kept us from really putting up 
a lot of points." The key plays 
of the game for the CLU club 
were big runs from players 
Mostoles, Juan Carrillo, 
Freeman and John Diaz. 

The club is 4-0 with a No. 
1 ranking in Division ,111 
in southern Calif., but has 
company as it is early in the 
season and many teams are 

With team like rival 
Occidental College, Poinf 
Lomti and powerhouse USC, 
'the players certainly <3o*Tia7e 1 
their work cut out for them 

However, the players 
definitely seem up for the 
challenge and expect nothing 
less than a championship. 

"Though we controlled 
the match for most of 
the time, it was a grind- 
out victory." 

— Andrew Aguiniga 

A vision they share is being in 
the top four going to playoffs, 
playing against the northern 
California champions and 
moving up to Division II next 

"I'm expecting us to really 
shock a lot of people and the 
tournament in Vegas is going 
be great for us in determining 
how real we really are," said 
Jeff Shalem, a -senior in the 

This coming weekend the 
Knights will hit the road and 
travel to Las Vegas where they 
will face off against the UNLV 
Running Rebels club team. 

But make no mistake about it, 
even though they are heading 
to Sin City, they are treating 
this as a business trip and have 
winning on their minds. 

The challenge does not end 
there, as the Knights will 
return to face Occidental the 
following week on March 7 at 
1 p.m. in Mt. Clef Stadium for 
the conference title. 

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February 24, 2009 

Kingsmen one win from title 

CLU routes 
Pomona-Pitzer for 
showdown with Poets 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo Staff Writer 

"■ The California Lutheran 
University men's basketball team 
will battle the Poets of Whittier 
College today at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Gilbert Arena for a chance at yet 
another SCIAC title. 

A second consecutive SCIAC 
Championship is just within the 
Kingsmen's grasp and the teams 
excitement is building. 

"It's a great feeling we're right 
where we want to be," Grimm said. 
"I think experience from last year 
will pay off in these final games. I 
think if we play like we're capable 
of playing, we will bring another 
basketball championship to Cal 

The Kingsmen were able to get a 
road win against the University of 
La Verne on Feb. 1 1 as two of the 
Kingsmen's starters, junior Kyle 
Knudsen and freshman Aaron Van 
Klaveren, scored 45 of the team's 
68 points. 

Freshman Xavier Walton's basket 
tied the game 6-6 with 16:47 left in 
the first half. From that point on 
the Kingsmen never trailed. 

GLLI extended its lead to 16 a? ^e 
7:20 mark but the Leopards didn't 
give up as they brought the score to 
33-29 at the break. 

With only six minutes remaining 
in the second half, La Verne tied 
the game at 47-47. Following this 
basket, Aaron Fisher, Van Klaveren, 
and Knudsen scored the team's 

final 21 points to seal the game, 

Knudsen led all scorers with 23 
points and led the Kingsmen with 
four assists. Van Klaveren also 
made a big contribution with 22 
points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks 
and steals. 

With senior Andy Meier out due 
to injury, the Kingsmen have to 
find someone who can replace his 

"With him gone, and those 
numbers gone, several of us realized 
that we needed to step up and play 
bigger roles to substitute for the 
loss of Andy and his performance. 
I think we are doing a great job of 
that" Van Klaveren said. 

The Kingsmen continued their 
winning streak as they defeated 
Caltech 73-45. 

Sophomore Cassidy Hallagin 
notched career highs and led all 
scorers with 14 points and eight 
rebounds. Hallagin did most of his 
damage in the first half scoring 12 
points, which nearly outscored the 
Beavers who had 17 points to close 
out the first half. 

The Kingsmen went 31-for-56 
overall, holding the Beavers to a 
15-of-43 shooting from the floor. 
CLU was also able to hold Caltech 
to 19 rebounds while pulling down 
39 themselves. 

After an Occidental loss and 
Caltech victory, CLU clinched a 
spot in the SCIAC Tournament. 

Tfie Kingsmen showed up to play 
in their road game as they beat 
the University of Redlands 58-43 
last Wednesday, extending their 
winning streak to five. 

CLU got off to a good start going 
on a 6-0 run, but the Bulldogs 
fought back as they had an 
unanswered eight points, taking 

Photo Courtesy of Scott Chisholm 

Kyle Knudsen leads the Kingsmen offense against the Whittier Poets for a chance at a SCIAC title. 

their only lead for the game. 

The Kingsmen went on a run to 
make the score 25-12 and would 
never fall behind after that. The 
Kingsmen were able to keep the 
lead in double figures throughout 
the second half. 

Four of the Kingsmen scored in 
double digits to help secure the 
road victory. Van Klaveren had 

12 points, Greg Grimm added 11, 
Fisher put up 14, and Knudsen led 
all players with 15. 

The Kingsmen defeated Pomona- 
Pitzer 6 1 -52 on Saturday night. The 
trio of Van Klaveren, Fisher and 
Knudsen were the key players in 
this game as combined they scored 
52 of the Kingsmen's 61 points. 

Knudsen led the rebounds with 

nine and also had a game-high of 
21 points. Van Klaveren added 16 
points and eight rebounds, while 
Fisher ended with 15 points and 
seven rebounds. 

With this win there is now a two 
way tie with CLU and Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps for first place, one 
game ahead of Pomona-Pitzer and 

Regals determined to return 
as contenders for SCIAC title 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

The last two weekends have 
been especially busy for the 
California Lutheran University 
women's water polo team. 

The Regals' next games will 
be in the Cal Lutheran Spring 
Tournament, during March 6-8 
at Samuelson Aquatics Center. 

The National Runners-Up 
started the season Feb. 14 at the 
Roadrunner Invitational at Cal 
State Bakersfield. The Regals 
lost two competitive games, 
6-11 to Cal Baptist and 6-10 to 
Cal State Bakersfield. 

"The tournament in 

Bakersfield was a nice starting 
point for us as a team," head 
coach Craig Rond said. "While 
we lost both games, it gave us 
a good indication of the things 
we need to improve on and the 
things we are solid at." 

Although the two games ended 
in losses, it was necessary to get 
game experience. 

"Our first weekend we had 
the jitters because it had been 

so long since we had played," 
junior captain Meredith Butte 
said. "You can practice for 
games but there is no way to 
simulate that kind of intensity 
in practice." 

The Regals traveled to the Bay 
Area this past weekend and on 
Friday, played Cal State East 
Bay in a rematch of last year's 
National Championship game. 
The Pioneers won the contest 

Saturday and Sunday the team 
competed in the Seawolf Splash 
at Sonoma State. The Regals won 
their first three games of the 
tournament, defeating Cal State 
Monterey Bay 10-8, Colorado 
State 8-7 and Pacific 5-3. They 
dropped the final game to the 
hosting Seawolves 8-11. 

"We did fantastic this 
weekend," Butte said. "Our 
defense was incredible. People 
were talking about how the 
other teams couldn't even pass 
or shoot against us." 

Rond agrees that the defense 
has played well the past two 

"I was very happy with our 
team defense over the weekend 
as that has been our focus for 
the first half of the season," the 
coach added. "We need to work 
on offense but I would much 
rather be great on defense and 
let the offense work itself out 
over the course of the season." 

These tournaments have given 
the team a good idea of what 
they have to work on to be 

"We need to play more games 
together," Butte said. "Obviously 
that is something we can't 
control, but it's key to playing 
well. We have a big freshmen 
class, and as soon as we play 
more games together we're 
going to be fine." 

Perhaps more important than 
the game experience is the way 
team chemistry develops during 
these road trips. 

"These tournaments are so 
much fun," Butte said. "It's like 
going on a trip with 16 of your 
best friends. We know each other 
so much better now. It's a great 
team bonding experience." 

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The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 53, Number 4 

March 4, 2009 

With Barack Obama's presidency 
underway and the expectancy for 
"change" consuming the minds of 
America, graduating seniors face a seemingly 
insurmountable task of finding a job after they 

The stranglehold the economy has put on the 
job market will make it difficult for CLU seniors 
to transition smoothly from college to the 

With the average national unemployment rate at a 
staggering 4.6 percent and the even more stunning 
8.4 percent unemployment rate for California, 
the third highest nationally, obtaining a job after 
college may test the virtue of patience. 

So as graduating seniors what can be done to be a 
head above the competition when it comes to job- 
hunting in 2009 and 2010? 

Utilizing CLU's Career Services Department 
is one answer and Cindy Lewis, the director of 
Career Services is available to provide information 
for students. 

"Job seekers should expect a longer job search 
and more competition; using Career Services will 
help put you at an advantage when it comes to 

finding a job," Lewis said. 

The amount of guidance that Career Services can 
provide you with goes way beyond just giving you 
career path options; they will help you sell yourself 
to future employers. 

So what can Lewis and her staff help you with? 
Here is a list of what you can expect aid in: resume 

"Job seekers should ex- 
pect a longer job search 
and more competition." 

Cindy Lewis 

building, cover letters, reference sheets, thank you 
cards, mock interviews and salary negotiations. 

Bettering these aspects will greatly improve 
the chances at securing that job among other 
competitors in the market for that type of 

Another piece of advice that Lewis wants students 
to think about is opening the geographical region 
when looking for employment. 

Search out of your city or town and even more so 
search out of your state. 

This will only improve the chances of employment 
and reveal an area previously not experienced. 

Now if this seems too much to bear and taking a 
leap of faith into the job market does not seem like 
something interesting at the moment Lewis has 
some advice. 

"Ride out the recession by going to graduate 
school and also acquire internships which will help 
you become more marketable to future employers," 
she said. 

So, even though the economy is going 
through tough times, in regard to the 
recession, and our ability as graduating 
seniors to obtain employment may be hindered, 
there is no reason not to try to persevere and make 
the most out of the opportunities around you. 

Especially with help like CLU's Career Services 
available for a lifetime, getting that job after 
graduation may not be as bleak of a task as once 

To contact Lewis at career services e-mail her at 

Photo Illustration by Doug Barnett 


Is there a 
ghost in the 
Mt. Clef? 

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lose heart- 
breaker to 

offense stays 
strong in 
SCIAC play. 

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California Lutheran University 

March 4, 2009 

Stimulus bill aids higher education 

Stimulus sends 
$13 billion to 
financial aid 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

Shortly after the Senate and 
the House of Representatives 
passed the highly anticipated 
stimulus bill, President 
Obama put his signature 
on the final version of the 
American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

The bill allotted $787 billion 
in spending, government 
programs and tax cuts and 
imposed stricter limits on 
executive pay and bonuses for 
companies receiving bailout 
funds. „ 

While most Republicans in 
Congress did not vote for 
the plan, Democrats in favor 
of the bill predicted that it 
would create and save as many 
as 3.5 million jobs. 

According to many 

economists, including Dr. 
Jamshid Damooei, CLU 
professor of economics, the 
stimulus package was very 
important and needed to be 
done sooner rather than later. 

"We needed to get this done 
soon or else we could have 
lost the opportunity," he said. 

"Lateness is a good reason for 

Specifically for college 
students, the stimulus 

plan could offer a record 
multibiil ion-dollar increase 
in financial aid. 

The federal government will 
spend nearly $13 billion of 
the stimulus funds, improving 
the accessibility of financial 
aid to college students around 
the country. 

Some predicted that the 
stimulus will offset about 
$2,500 in college costs on 
average for millions of 
lower class and middle class 

In addition, Pell Grant 
and College Work ' Study 
allocations are set to increase. 

"Families have less money 
available for students to 
continue their education," 
said Dr. Herbert Gooch III, 
professor of political science. 

"It's becoming harder to 
get jobs and people are 
scrambling on campus and 

Pell Grant funds will increase 
the current maximum award 
by next school year by to 
$5,350, an increase of $500. 

Additionally, taxpayers 

earning up to $80,000 for 
single filers or $160,000 for 
joint filers will be reimbursed 
for the first $2,000 of tuition 
and books. 

Unlike previous student 
financial policies, college 
students who file separately 
from their 

parents and 

who don't make 
enough money 
to pay taxes will 
still be eligible 
for a rebate. 

The stimulus 
bill is also 
expected to 

affect the job market. 

Students are becoming more 
worried about their chances 

of being hired for jobs and 
While this year's job search 
may be 

"Families have less 
money available for 
students to continue 
their education." 

— Dr. Herbert Gooch III 

than in 
years past, 
need to 

is always hope," Damooei 
said. "The current state of 
the economy just means 

Photo Courtesy of Stock Exchange 

students are going to have to 
work harder, articulate what 
they've learned, and never 
have the thought that T might 
not be hired!'" 

While the stimulus bill 
might provide confidence 
in the American economy, 
American people might not 
see its effects immediately. 

Even though the effects might 
not be felt until possibly 2010, 
some, including Chairman 
of the Federal Reserve Ben 
Bernanke, have hopes that we 
will recover by the end of 2009. 

President Obama hopeful about economy 

Hopes of federal 
deficit cut in half 
by end of term 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

The economy seems to be on 
everyone's minds these days. 

It's affecting everyone. 
Millions of Americans have 
been laid off from jobs and 
finding a new one seems near 
to impossible. 

On Thursday, President 
Obama revealed before a joint 
session of Congress, his new 
stimulus package; one that 
will get America out of this 
economic slump. 

He said that his "$3 trillion- 
plus budget plan will halve 
the federal deficit by the end 
of his first term." 

In his address, Obama 
said, "We will rebuild, we 

will recover and the United 
States of America will emerge 
stronger than before." 

To put it into perspective 
- according to an article on, the deficit total is 
roughly equivalent to $12,000 
for every U.S. taxpayer. 

Or to put it in another 
light that accounts for 
approximately $6,000 for 
every man, woman and 
child in the United States of 

According to the projected 
budget, the administration 
anticipates that for fiscal 
year 2009, (the government's 
fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to 
Sept. 30) the deficit will reach 
$1.75 trillion. 

Americans have not seen a 
budget deficit this bad since 
World War II. 

On the same day that Obama 
revealed his budget plan, job 
losses reached yet another all 
time low at 5.1 million. 

This is a striking increase 
compared to this time last year 
where there were 2.8 million 
unemployed Americans. 

Employers across the 
country lost close to 600,000 
jobs just in the month of 
January, increasing the 
unemployment rate to 7.6 

"We will rebuild, we will 
recover and the United 
States of America will 
emerge stronger than 

— President Obama 


Several economists 

hypothesize that at this rate, 
we will reach a 9 percent 
^unemployment rate by the 
end of this fiscal £ear, even 
with the help of Obama's $787 
billion stimulus package. 

However, Obama did 
shed some light for those 

eagerly awaiting the change 
he promised during his 

In his budget, he set aside 
money specifically for defense, 
education and energy. 

In terms of education. The 
president has planned to 
spend $46.7 billion. 

He also outlined $26.3 
billion toward energy in 
estimated spending for fiscal 

He plans on removing 
all troops by 2010, but is 
planning on sending in 
another 17,000 more U.S. 
troops into Afghanistan. 

House Speaker Nancy 
Pelosi said that the budget 
is "a statement of our 
national values" and that 
"the budget is consistent 
with the president's message 
of accountability, fiscal 
responsibility, transparency 
from the standpoint of how 
we approach it. 

It reflects the values that 
he conveyed about investing 
in education and energy 
and health care; also in how 
we grow our economy for 
infrastructure and how we 
support our troops." 

Obama said that in order 
to succeed and rise above 
these economic hardships, 
we need to come together as 

"They [Americans] exist 
in our laboratories and 
universities; in our fields 
and our factories; in 
the imaginations of our 
entrepreneurs and the pride 
of the hardest- working people 
on Earth," Obarn* said. 

One in every 10 Americans 
is currently living off of food 

That statistic is a huge wake 
up call and reality check to 
anyone who does not believe 
that hard times are ahead. 

March 4, 2009 


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Student wins Sodexo contest 

By Aaron Hilf 

Echo Staff Writer 

Sophomore Anthony Escobar was 
one of the grand prize winners in 
a contest held by the food service 
company Sodexo. 

As one of the ten winners of the 
contest in CLUs Sodexo district, he is 
the only student from CLU to have won 
a major prize in recent history. 

"I was shocked that I actually won 
something," Escobar said. "You always 
hear about this stuff but you never 
actually think someone wins." 

As one of the grand prize winners, 
he received an American Airlines 
round-trip ticket voucher to the Grand 

Escobar initially took part in the 
contest in November and was not 
informed about his win until the 
middle of January. He was then able 
to e-mail a representative to collect his 
ticket vouchers. 

He, along with many other CLU 
students, he lias seen and played the 
contests put on monthly by Sodexo. 
Students are given a card with a code in 
which they are supposed to text to see if 
they've woa 

An array of prizes ranging from 
instant win meals and soft drinks, to 
T-shirts and the grand prize. Students 
must register online to play for the 
grand prize, which is exactly what 
Escobar did. 

"I didn't win an instant prize, but 
remember reading that I could register 
online for the grand prize," Escobar 

As retail manager for Sodexo at CLU, 
Ashley Marmaro is responsible for 
setting up the contest around campus 
among many other things. 

As a new addition to CLUs, campus 
Marmaro was stunned to hear that a 

student had already won the grand 

"I was still getting familiar with the 
campus and figuring out ways to 
market the contest," she said. "And 
when 1 heard a student won 1 was 

Marmaro receives monthly 
marketing kits from Sodexo which 
contain the contest information for 
that month. She then determines 
the best way to get the tickets out to 

"I tend to put mast in the Centrum, 
since that has the most constant 
business and is the easiest place to 
redeem the prizes," she said 

The contests are there to generate 
sales for Sodexo, but because of the 
unique process of campus dining 
students only receive the benefit of the 
prizes rather than the flip side of the 
marketing ploy. 

"It's nice to have for the students," 
Marmaro said. "But I have not yet 
seen a dramatic rise in sales because 
of them." 

Escobar along with many other 
CLU students play the contests just 
because they are free and easy and if 
one does win, they can redeem their 
prize instantly. 

"I was pretty surprised that he 
actually won something," said 
sophomore Antonio McNeil, 
Escobar's roommate. "But I am 
definitely ready to take a free trip to 
the Grand Canyon." 

Escobar is not yet sure when he 
plans on taking his trip. However 
this coming summer does look 

Since his big win, Escobar has 
continued to play the monthly games, 
and although he has won a few 
smaller prizes, he is still hopeful for 
another grand prize win. 

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Emma Kolden reads a script at "The Vagina Monologues" to spread awareness about sexual violence. 

Vagina monologues 
raise sexual awareness 

By Kelsey McBride 
Echo Staff Writer 

The audience squirmed 
and laughed as members 
of Feminism Is performed 
pieces from "The Vagina 
Monologues," written by Eve 
Ensler, in hopes of bringing 
awareness to sexual violence, 
women empowerment, and 
sexuality last Tuesday, in the 
Lundring Events Center. 

"The whole taboo around the 
vagina is so odd. We primarily 
have women in the audience, 
and even they squirm just 
hearing about people talking 
about their vaginas. The 
monologues affect every 
person differently, but if I can 
help de-stigmatize a subject 
matter that has no business 
being taboo in the first place 
then I'm doing something 
good," said James de Haan, 
sophomore and president of 
Feminism Is. 

"The Vagina Monologues" 
is a collection of monologues 
relating to vaginas, women 
empowerment, and sexuality. 

The goal in reading them is 
to bring awareness to sexual 
violence, celebrate women 
and motivate others to do 
something about sexual assault 
and domestic violence. 

"The monologues do a good 
job of creating a higher level of 
support for victims of sexual 
violence or abuse. No one talks 
about these things, and it can 

make people feel like they are 
all alone. But the monologues 
allow for you to tell the story 
through the person reading the 
monologues," de Haan said. 

Feminism Is is trying to 
create a place for feminism to 
thrive on campus and create 
awareness. The club is not 
solely for women, as men are 
encouraged to participate too. 

"I'm pretty passionate about 
feminism and social causes. 
I was never really struck by 
the oddity of a male feminist. 
Feminism was never a backlash 
against men in my eyes, it was 
just a movement to equality," 
de Haan said. 

In the past Feminism Is has 
been involved with Planned 
Parenthood and their No on 
Prop 4 campaign. 

When asked what he hopes to 
accomplish by being president 
of Feminism Is, de Haan 
responded by saying, "I'd like 
to make it more of a voice on 

Overall, the campus is 
pretty accepting but it's still 
important to push for things 
like reproductive rights and 
equality. Especially now, before 
everyone kind of ventures 
out into the real world, it's 
important to know about 
alternatives to the patriarchal- 
structured environments that 
dominate a lot of areas." 

Senior Cheyanne Anderson, 
a member of Feminism Is, 
performed the monologues 

"The Vagina Workshop" and 
"The Lesbian Monologue." 

She chose to read "The 
Vagina Workshop" because it 
illustrated the importance of 
talking about vaginas. 

"The Lesbian Monologue" 
deals with the importance 
of women having mutual 
satisfaction with their 


"It is really important for 
women to understand the 
importance of knowing their 
bodies," Anderson said. 

This is the third year that 
Feminism Is has done the 
Vagina Monologues. 

The club handed out buttons 
for the audience members 
to wear that said "cunt," 
"breakfast of champions" and 
"tunnel of love." 

"This was my first time seeing 
'The Vagina Monologues' and I 
thought it was really funny," 
said junior Kristin Karns. 
"The presenters did a great 
job. I don't think I'd have the 
courage to talk about vaginas 
in front of a crowd." 

The next Feminism Is club 
meeting is on March 10 at 7 
p.m. in E-8. Anyone is welcome 
to attend the meetings and help 
the cause. The club alternates 
meeting every other Tuesday. 

The next event organized 
by Feminism Is is "Take Back 
the Night," which is an anti- 
sexual assault event that 
teaches people how to defend 

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March 7 

University Chapel: 
Louise Johnson 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Need: Stacy Gross 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

"When the days are hot 

and the skies are hazy, 

Spring Break '09 

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1 . The sound of something 

getting hit. 
3. The sound a rock makes falling 

into water. 

7. The sound a lion makes. 

8. The sound frying bacon in a 
pan makes. 

9. The sound a dog makes. 

10. The sound ice cream makes 
falling onto the ground. 


2. The sound a baby bird may 

3. The sound of a frisbee flying 
through the air. 

4. The sound that a snake 

5. The sound a bee makes. 

6. The sound a coin makes 
falling into a piggy bank. 

1 1 The sound of a top coming 
off of a bottle. 

California Lutheran University 

P I The Echo 


March 4, 2009 

Page 5 

Mystery guest haunts Mt. Clef 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

Something mysterious comes 
to room 320 in Mount Clef's 
freshman residence hall. Within 
these walls, a myth creeps about 
a haunting spirit. Casper might 
have been a friendly ghost but 
the Mount Clef version prefers 

The Mount Clef ghost has been 
listed online in the National 
Ghost Registry and has even been 
mentioned as one of the most 
haunted places 
in California 
in the city of 

During the 
of Mt. Clef 
hall, a boy 
was alledgedly 
playing and fell 
to his death. He has supposedly 
been seen wandering the halls 
of the upper 300s side of the 

"Nothing ever happened to 
me when 1 lived there," former 
Mount Clef resident and junior 
Danielle Kirk said. "Sometimes a 
door would be randomly opened. 
Supposedly mud would be 
thrown all over the room." 

Locked doors to the bedrooms 
would mysteriously open by 

themselves. According to urban 
legends, pillows would come 
out from underneath the heads 
of sleeping students and would 
be tossed across the room. 
Disturbing cries would echo 
throughout the room afterward. 

Molly Clancy, the sophomore 
RA of Mount Clef, is familiar 
with the tale. 

"Some residents got really 
scared this year about the ghost," 
she said. "We had to calm them 
down and tell them it wasn't 

doesn't believe 
in the ghost 
but said, 

"sometimes the 
lights flicker 
on and off 
in the rooms 

C a n d i c e 

D'Cunha, a 

freshman resident in room 320, 

has seen nothing unusual since 

winter break. 

Prior to the break, a poster 
fell off the wall and landed 
underneath her roommate's 
shoes. The front door, though 
locked and closed, would swing 
open and shut. The door incident 
would happen to her fellow 
suitemates as well. 

"There was no breeze. I don't 
think the wind had anything 

"Sometimes a door 
would be randomly 
opened. Supposedly 
mud would be thrown 
all over the room. " 

— Danielle Kirk 

A ghost is rumored to haunt the halls of Mount Clef. 

to do with the door opening," 
D'Cunha said. 

She still remains a skeptic, "I'm 
not sure if I believe in the ghost." 

Not everyone on campus doubts 
the existence of the possible 

"I know someone who lived in 
that room once," freshman Shelby 

Saute said. "Her poster on the 
wall flew across the room in the 
middle of the night." 

Kirk doesn't believe in the story 
and treats the tale lightly. "My 
roommates and I had an extra 
room and we used to joke that 
the ghost lived in there," she said. 
"We even had a name we made up 

Photo by Doug Bamett 

for the ghost: Francisco." 

Saute still believes in the 
possibility of paranormal 
activity. ' 

"I heard that someone woke 
up to everything in her room 
put into color coordinated piles. 
1 mean color coordinated piles? 
How does that happen?" 

Students select new president 

By Jen Reissman 

Echo Staff Writer 

The students 
of CLU have 
officially elected 
their new student 
body president, 
ReShai Tate, 

for the 2009-10 
school year. 

Tate is a junior 
and is studying 
abroad in 

Washington, D.C. 
this semester. 
He came to CLU 
from Chicago 
where he was actively involved 
at his high school and in his 
community. Since Tate started 
at CLU, he has continued to be 
involved in school activities. 

"At Cal Lutheran I've done 
several things. I've been a 
[Community Service Center] 
intern for the last three years," 
Tate said. "My other involvements 
include Presidential Hosts, Cal 
Lutheran Choir, [Brothers & 
Sisters United], Not for Sale 
and [Gay Straight Alliance]. Last 
year I was a student orientation 


ReShai Tate 

planning the 
activities of the 
class of 2012 
and transfer 


He decided to 
run for student 
body president 
because he takes 
pride in CLU 
and saw being a 
part of student 
body as a great 
opportunity to 
give back to the 
school that has 
given him so many 
However, there is more to why 

he wants to run for president. 
"Perhaps more important, 

I wanted to 

represent the 

student body in 

a more whole, 

authentic way 

(no disrespect 

towards our 

current ASCLU 


intended at all)," Tate said. 
Andrew Brown CLU's 2008-09 

president is excited to pass down 

"ReShai Tate is so in- 
volved at CLU and he 
takes everyone's opin 
ions to heart." 

his role to Tate. Brown hopes 
that Tate can uphold the same 
values that he has instilled as 

"(If you] have a strong work 
ethic, it's contagious. If other 
people see you working hard, they 
will follow. Also, I think you need 
to be very open and honest with 
accomplishments, challenges and 
just day-to-day things. The better 
you communicate with everyone 
around you, the more successful 
you will be," Brown said. 

Tate said he feels confident in 
taking this position. He stated 
that he has many qualities that 
allow him to fill the position 
with ease, 

"I'm a natural networker, so 
I'm confident that I'll be able to 
engage a broad 

Students at CLU are confident 
about the new president they 
have selected to represent them 
in the 2009-10 school year. 

"I think that ReShai is the best 
possible candidate because he is 
so involved at CLU and he takes 
everyone's opinions to heart," 
juniorLauren Klymshyn said. 

Tate is ready to be president 
and wants to help make positive 

changes at CLU, 

"I'm really hoping to make 
student government transparent. 
I want students to know how 
much we're spending on campus 
improvement projects, student 
programming, what clubs are 
being passed, everything. I want 
students to have access to that 
information, Tate said. 


of students. 

I'm apathetic 

enough to 


identify with 

the concerns 

of my fellow 

students, and decisive enough 

to make tough decisions on their 

behalf," Tate said. 

— Lauren Klymshyn 

The Echo 

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March 4, 2009 

Beloved CLU employees pass 

By Michelle Schwartz 

Echo Staff Writer 

Two former members of the CLU 
community, Dr. lames Esmay and 
Dr. Jan Bowman, died last month. 

James Esmay 

The first dean of the CLU School 
of Business died at age 79 due to 

Esmay began teaching at CLU 
in 1965 as an assistant professor 
and chairman of the social 
science division and economics 
department. After four years, he 
left CLU to teach at several other 
universities, in and outside the 

His late wife Anna Ronning 
Esmay aiso worked at CLU. She 
was a well-liked teacher for the on- 
campus preschool. 

Esmay returned to CLU as the 
chairman of the department of 
management and economics in 
1979. Ten years after that, in 1989, 
he officially became the first dean 
of the School of Business. 

Since taking that position, he 
led many student trips to Africa, 
Australia and the Caribbean. 

Esmay had also been active in the 
local community.leadingprograms 

James Esmay 

that supported entrepreneurs and 
small businesses. 

On top of his academic roles at 
CLU, he served as a Convocator 
and was a strong supporter of the 
CLU Symphony, the Community 
Leaders Association and the 
annual Scandinavian Festival. 

Dr. Jamshid Damooei, a CLU 
professor in the School of Business, 
had been a friend of Esma/s for 

more than 20 years. 

"Dr. Esmay had a pivotal 
role in helping a relatively 
small department of Business 
Administration and Economics 
to develop and become a 
comprehensive School of 
Business," Damooei said. 

"He had a clear vision of what 
constitutes a strong liberal arts 
business education within a 
Lutheran College." 

"Hearing about his students 
and taking pride in their 
accomplishment was always a 
subject of conversation whenever 
you had a chat with Jim." 

Jan Bowman 

The former CLU English 
professor died at age 69., 

Bowman began teaching at CLU 
in 1975 and helped develop courses 
in global and women's studies. 
She was a leader in changing the 
curriculum to add the perspectives 
of women around the world. 

She helped change the 
curriculum again in 1980 by 
incorporating more reading and 
writing throughout all academics. 

Bowman helped found the 

Women's Center on the CLU 
campus, which eventually evolved 
into the school's Center for 
Equality and Justice. 

Shenotonly worked indeveloping 
the Women's Center, she also 
helped develop Creative Options, 
a professional development event 
for women that took place at CLU 
for a number of 

In 1996, 

Bowman retired 
from teaching, 
but returned 
as an adjunct 
faculty member 
in 1999, and 
stayed on until 

B o w m a.n 
was married 
to CLU's first 
full-time pastor, 
the Rev. Gerald 
Swan son. 

The couple 
received CLU's 
Christus Award in 2003, in 
recognition of the contributions 
they made to help strengthen the 
connection between the church 

Jan Bowman 

and the university. 

The couple was honored again 
in 2007 when they received 
Honorary Alumni Awards at that 
year's Commencement. 

In 2004, Lutheran University 

Press published a collection of 

Bowman's poems titled "Carved 

Like Runes." It featured poems 

by her about 

the beauty of 

life, art and 

the meaning 

of change, loss, 

aging and death. 

Dr. Joan Wines, 

CLU English 


chair, worked 

closely with 


"Jan's many 
to CLU and 
to the English 
have been 

Wines said in a CLU press release. 
"We will miss her presence, 
her poetry, her wit and her 
indomitable spirit." 

Environmental efforts awarded 


Participating in the greenhouse 
gas reporting program has 
allowed CLU to be named a 
Climate Action Leader. 

The respectable name that 
the California Climate Action 
Registry dedicated to CLU was 
due to the school taking action on 
climate change. 

When discussing the benefits of 
being a Climate Action Leader, 
Ryan Van Ommeren, associate 
vice president of facilities said that 
"it sets up the benchmark so that 
we can know in the future where 
we stand in releasing greenhouse 

The procedure has a pretty 
rigorous counting requirement. 

CLU had to call in independent 
contractors: one contractor to 
do the work 

and put all 
the numbers 
and a second 
to verify the 
numbers as 
being accurate. 

The independent contractor 
analyzed all of the bills the school 
received for energy and trash 
and the amount of recycling that 
occurs. After this procedure, the 
carbon footprint was established. 

Data collection for this process 

"I think it's good that 
our school is going 

— Leah Kolbeck 

began last summer and cost 

$20,000 in order to complete 


"It's great that our school 

was named a 

Climate Action 

Leader because 

it shows our 


that we are 

very concerned 

about the 


senior Leah Kolbeck said. "I think 

it's good that our school is going 


The effort that CLU has put 
into making a difference in the 
environment demonstrates the 
commitment from the University 

to understand where exactly 
the school is compared to other 

After calculating and comparing 
the greenhouse gas emissions for 
some of the UC schools, it was 
decided that Cal Lutheran had 
lower greenhouse gas emissions 
per student than the other 

Even though CLU is a smaller 
school with smaller facilities, 
Van Ommeren said that CLU 
has always been pretty lean on 
the facilities and it was nice to 
be compared to the UC schools. 
Being compared in this way lowers 
CLU's carbon footprint, but does 
not offer as large of a scale. 

By having CLU's greenhouse gas 

emission numbers calculated, acts 
of what the university could and 
should be doing are brought to 
the attention of school. 

"We have a very dedicated task 
force that is committed to looking 
at all ways Cal Lutheran can 
increase its sustainability," said 
Jean Sandlin, a member on the 
sustainability task force. "That 
includes, on the operations sides, 
reducing our carbon footprint, 
and in the classroom with projects 
related to the issue." 

Knowing where CLU stands 
on the issue of greenhouse gas 
emissions allows the university to 
be able to compare numbers with 
other schools and to set a target 
for numbers in the future. 

March 4, 2009 


The Echo - Page 7 

Friendly face becomes grad student 

Eric Eggicston 

By Nicole Jacobsen 
and Andrew Parrone 

Special to The Echo 

Most students 
at CLU enjoy the 
experience of life 
on campus, but 
few embraced the 
change as well as 
graduate student 
Eric Eggleston. 

A student from 
Santa Ynez, 

Eggleston was 

involved with many 
activities while an undergraduate 
at CLU. He is still one of the 
most recognizable faces around 
campus, but it was not always 
easy for him to be noticed. 

"I always know somebody 
wherever I go," he said. "It wasn't 
like that my freshman year." 

Eggleston did not have a 
problem with this while in 
high school. He played tennis 
for his school all four years and 
was involved in his local youth 
group and other extra curricular 
activities outside of campus 
throughout his high school 

He found it a little difficult to 
adjust to college life initially, as 
do most new freshmen. But as 

with most things, Eggleston has 

met the challenge. 
At CLU, Eggleston made it a 
point to be just as 
involved with clubs 
and activities as he 
was during high 
school. Some of the 
clubs that he was a 
member of include 
the AVenture Club, 
Nomads, Steeze 
Brigade and Team 
Hospitality where 
he was also the 
became quickly apparent 


that the lifestyle Eggleston lives 
by is an active one. 

This active personality also 
led him to participate in every 
intramural sport offered on 
campus. Most of the time, 
students have one or two favorite 
sports and just pick those if they 
choose to do intramurals. But 
Eggleston's enthusiasm and 
curiosity pushed him to give 
each one a try. Last semester he 
played softball. 

In addition to all the clubs he 
was a part of, Eggleston also 
had other major responsibilities 
on campus. He was a senior 
representative for the Associated 
Students of California Lutheran 

University, or ASCLU. 

He was also the Presidential 
Host coordinator, which means 
he was very involved in the 
process of getting prospective 
high school students interested 
in CLU. 

These not only show an interest 
in staying active in the campus, 
but improving the experiences 
of fellow students as well. 

In between his activities, 
Eggleston was able to find the 
time to be a successful student. 
He received a bachelor's degree 
in social science in December 
and is attending graduate 
school. Once he finishes 
graduate school, his plan is to 
become a high school teacher 
in California, and teach either 
history or government. 

"I grew up here in California," 
Eggleston said. "I love it and 
wouldn't want to teach anywhere 

Being involved on campus 
takes a lot of time and effort, and 
this causes a number of students 
to shy away from it. 

However, Eggleston was, and 
is, a prime example of how being 
an active participant at CLU 
can improve the overall college 
experience. As he puts it, "I love 
being involved on campus." 

Music Column: Flogging Molly 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

I hope you all enjoyed last week's 
column. Maybe you listened, but 
maybe you didn't, either way 
at least you read it. This week I 
wanted to do something a little 
different due to spring break 
coming up and St. Patty's Day 
just around the corner. This band 
is amazing and you all should 
get out to a show because it is 
absolutely insane. Besos! 

Artist to watch: Flogging Molly 

As the House of Blues' Artist of 
the Month, Flogging Molly has 
raised more than a few eyebrows. 
With its music inspired by old 
world Celtic and present day punk 
rock, Flogging Molly has made it 
apparent that it is not going 
anywhere soon. The Los Angeles- 
based band has an infectious 
personality and a banging sound. 

Although the band is not very 
well known, Flogging Molly 
has been making music for a 
long time. Its first album, "Alive 
Behind The Green Door," came 
out in 1997. 

Since its first album came out, 
Flogging Molly has released six 
additional albums including their 
latest album, "Float" which came 
out in March 2008. 

"Alive Behind The Green Door," 
was the only album not recorded 
with music label Side One 

Flogging Molly's sound is 
undeniable, but it did not fit in 
the mainstream music world. 
The band never lost its passion 
to make great music, and with 
perseverance and dedication it 

found a record label to help them 
do just that- make great music. 

Side One Dummy Records 
picked up Flogging Molly and the 
two were a match made in music 
heaven. After signing with the 
Side One Dummy label, Flogging 
Molly released "Swagger" in 2000, 
which turned out to be one of its 
best albums yet. "The Worst Day 
Since Yesterday," one of the songs 
featured on "Swagger," found its 
way into the Jolie- Pitt film, "Mr. 
and Mrs. Smith." 

"Drunken Lullabies," Flogging 
Molly's 2002 follow up, was quite 
successful and surprised everyone, 
including the band. This album is 
probably the album that will be 
remembered the most, due to 
crowd-pleasing songs like "Rebel 
of the Sacred Heart" and "The 
Son Never Shines." 

The album "Within a Mile of 
Home" was when it seemed the 
band finally was able to truly 
showcase its ability to be diverse 
with its sound. "Factory Girls" is 
a lovely duet between King and 
Luscinda Williams, an amazingly 
talented singer. The song just 
proves that the band can go from 
playing these crazy punk songs to 
these beautiful pieces as well. 

They have released a DVD 
with live performances on it 
called "Whiskey on a Sunday." 
The most recent album, "Float" 
was released in 2004 to the same 
expectations its fans always have 
of them - outstanding. 

The band has become a 
knockout in the music industry 
and owes it to its belief in the 
music. Flogging Molly is more 
than the average band, but its 
fans are a huge driving force in 

that. It is a regular at the Vans 
Warped Tour and can often be 
seen playing with another big 
name in celtic-punk, Droplock 

The band will begin its Green 
17 Tour on March 2. This tour 
is in celebration of the musicians 
favorite holiday, St. Patty's Day. 
They will tour the East Coast and 
the Midwest with The Aggrolites 
tagging along. 

My favorite Flogging Molly 
Songs: "Black Friday Rule," 
"Requiem for a Dying Song" and 
"Devil's Dance Floor." 

My favorite Album: "Drunken 

Upcoming Shows: 
February - 

27 - Angry Samoans (Knitting 

27 - Pennywise, Authority Zero 
(Ventura Theatre) 

March - 

6 - English Beat (Canyon Club) 
13 - Millencolin, The Briggs 

(Key Club) 
20 - The Adicts (Key Club) 

28 - FEAR (Galaxy Theatre, 
Santa Ana) 

31 - The Expendables, Less 
Than Jake (Avalon Theatre) 

April - 

4 - Left Alone (Hollywood) 


7 - Nekromantix (Queen Mary) 
28 - Vans Warped Tour (Seaside 

Park): NoFX, Bad Religion, 
Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Less 
Than Jake, Anti-Flag 

'What are you doing for 
spring break?" 

"I'm going back 

home to San Diego. I 

haven't been home in 

a while." 

Kourtney lones 

"I'm going on a choir 

Hayley Woldseth 

"I'm going to 

Pennsylvania to visit 

some buddies." 

Barron Steele 

"I'm starting the 
softball league and 
going to Mammoth." 

Spencer Doyle 

'I'm going to Texas to 

visit one of my best 


Emma Gardiner 

California Lutheran University 


I The Echo 

March 4, 2009 

Lack of news in top headlines 

About a week and a half ago, I 
noticed a story on that 
made my stomach drop. 

"Socks, former Clinton cat, put 
to sleep," the headline read. 

I was devastated. 

The beloved cat, a 
stray adopted by Chelsea 
Clinton when Bill 
Clinton was governor 
of Arkansas, had been 
euthanized after months 
of treatment for cancer. 

Socks had been living 
with Clintons former 

The famous feline had 
resided in the White 

House for former 

President Clinton's eight 
years in office. 

Undoubtedly, he had also been 
a source of solace for the former 
president during the Monica 
Lewinsky scandal. 

Socks was probably either 19 
or 20 years old, according to 

But this story was not the reason 
for my devastation. 

I was devastated, in general, 
^because this, was a top headline on 

Why did I need to know? 

Was there really nothing else to 
report on? 

Don't get me wrong, I'm 
definitely not a cold-hearted 
individual (some will find that 
statement debatable). 

I certainly believe that this was 
tragic news to the Clintons. 

When a family loses a pet, it has 
to be depressing. 

But I just don't see the point of 
informing the rest of the American 
people, or the world, for that 

I guess it's only rational because 
Socks was a presidential pet. 

I find that to be a thin reasoning, 
even so. 

I guess I should get used to it, 

■ We are nearly a decade into a 
new millennium and with the 
popularity of the Internet, we are 
bound to come across the most 
arbitrary of stories online. 

We're in the 21*' century, for 
goodness sake. 

And speaking of the 21" century, 
it's good to know that women are 
breaking through barriers. 

Hillary Clinton was nearly the 
presidential nominee for the 
Democratic Party. 

Sarah Palin was the first woman 
to be a vice presidential nominee 
for the GOP, and only the second 
woman to seek the vice presidency 
of the two powerhouse political 

And now, new FBI statistics show 
that more and more women are 
committing bank robberies. 

The times, they are a changin'. 

According to a article, 
6.2 percent of all bank heists 

nationwide are committed by 
women these days. 

That's an increase of 25 percent 

from 2002. 

Okay, in all seriousness, I will 

admit that this story 

does have more 

merit than the one 

about Socks the cat. 

I just wanted to 

mention it because I 

found it funny. 

But we are seeing 
an increase of these 
silly, and sometimes 
pointless journalistic 
And I'm finding 

out way too much 

than I care to know 
about people. 

Take the Jonas Brothers, for 
A recent article 

discussed the popularity of the 
band and how they are unlikely 
to fade away any time soon. 

Did you know their concert 
tour in 2008 grossed over $41 

Or that their 
latest album, "A 
Little Bit Longer," 
has sold over 2.1 
million copies 

It certainly 
made me 

rethink skipping 
the midnight 
premiere of 

their new movie, 
"Jonas Brothers: 
Concert Experience". 
I still ended up not going. even had a 
commentary discussing how 
to become a "Jona-fied" Jonas 

The 3-D 

Brothers fan. 

These stories are like train 

You see the headlines and you 
can't help but desire to find out 

I don't 

doubt the 
integrity of 

Most of the 
stories online 
are still 


But at the 
same time, 
I have to question why it was 
pertinent for me to know about 
Socks being euthanized and why 
similar stories still find their 
way to the "Top Headlines" 

But we are seeing an 
increase of these 
silly, and sometimes 
pointless journalistic 

"Eve of Justice" 

Wednesday, March 4 th 

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Kingsmen Park 

The California Supreme Court will be hearing the oral 
arguments to overturn Prop 8 on Thursday. . 

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The Echo - Page 9 

Get over it America 


Several weeks ago a political 
cartoon that was ran in the New 
York Post created a maelstrom of 

The cartoon depicted two 
police officers. 

One of them holding a 
smoking gun, the other saying, 
"they'll have to find 
someone else to write 
the next stimulus 

They were standing 
next to the body of 
a dead chimpanzee 
with two bullet holes 
in it. 

Almost immediately 
after the cartoon ran, 
the criticism started 
trickling in. 

Talking heads 

flocked to all the 
cable news stations to 
have their say. 

CNN political analyst Roland 
Martin said on CNN's AC360, 
"There is a history and legacy 
[of racism] . . .When I see it and I 
know it, I'm gonna call it out and 
that cartoon was racist... that 
was a racist cartoon pure and 

The fact of the matter is the 
cartoon referenced two unrelated 
current events. 

The first, of course, was in fact, 
the stimulus bill that was making 
its way through Congress. 

The second, was a lesser known 
story of a woman in Connecticut 
who was brutally attacked by 
a pet chimpanzee that was 
ultimately killed. 

Does anyone realize that the 
stimulus bill wasn't even written 
by President Obama? 

It was written by Speaker of the 
House Nancy Pelosi and Senate 
Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

Folks, not everything is meant 
to be, or should be perceived as, a 
racially insensitive matter. 

The Rev. Al Sharpton had this 
to say on MSNBC's Countdown 
with Keith Ofberman. 

"There's no way you can't draw 
a racial reference here," Sharpton 

"What does a chimpanzee have 
to do with the stimuli [sic) bill and 
the president?" 
That's an excellent question Al. 
The answer is chimpanzee's have 
nothing to do with the 
stimulus bill or Obama. 
Instead, they have 
everything to do with 

Personally, I feel the 
cartoon was more a 
commentary on the 
haphazard way Congress 
went about agreeing on 
the stimulus bill in the 
first place. 
Have you ever seen 

monkeys try to work 

I have. 
I've spent many late nights 
watching on the National 
Geographic Channel, especially 
now that I have my 62-inch 1080i 
DLP HDTV in the living room. 

Perhaps one or two will work 
together, but when there's 50 
or 100, all hell breaks loose. Its 

Every one of them has their own 
agenda they're trying to fulfill, just 
like members of Congress. 

Cartoonist Sean Delonas sard 
himself the cartoon was never 
meant to be racially motivated. 

Maybe he's just trying to cover 
his butt, but I'd like to give him 
the benefit of the doubt. 
Racism still exists. 
There's no getting around that 
ugly truth. 

When we make a broad jump 
like Sharpton and CNN's Martin, 
we aren't just fanning the flames 
of hatred even more. 

We're playing into ignorance, 
intolerance and idiocy when we 
make these insinuations. 

It was a stupid, albeit, tasteless 
Nothing more, nothing less. 
Get over it America. 

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for a fun spring break 

The possibilities a * vanc f p ^ ase tk * B * „ 

r You don t always have to fly 

are endless this s ° mewnere f " ™ y or exciting 

to have fun on spring break, 

spring break 

Spring break is almost upon 
us, and for many of us, it 
couldn't come any sooner. 

Our spring break is not during 
the Easter holiday this year, so 
that means we have spring 
break before a lot of other 

I know many of us are 
weighing our options on how 
to spend our spring breaks. 

Here are a few things f.o keep 
in mind while planning your 
week away from school. 

Flights right now are relatively 
cheap due to the low price of 
oil, the fact that our spring 
break is not during a peak 
travel period and the general 
economic downturn. 

For me to visit 
Tyler in Germany, 
the cost would be 
just $521 round 

Compare that to 
$900 or more over 

To go to Hawaii 
now, it's like $150 
round trip. 

But, for me to go 
home to Dallas, it's 

So, it seems flying 
everywhere except to 
Dallas is cheap. 

Here's to hoping you have 
better luck with your hometown 
- your family, friends and dog 
(or cat, llama, etc.) probably all 
miss you very much. 

The price may be right for 
you to do some exciting air 
travel, especially if you planned 
enough ahead of time to get 

Hurricane Ike. 

Some hotels there are giving 
discounts to people who help 
with cleanup. 
They want to do all they can 
Those trips can have hidden to clean up the island and get 
expenses and turn out to be not tourists coming back, 
as cool as you anticipated. If this isn't your thing, there 

You might 

keeping it local. 
There are 

plenty of fun 
things to do 
in Southern 


Maybe go on 
a road trip with 
a few of your 

Take one car 
and pitch in for gas, food and 

That can be a less expensive 

option and still great fun. 

Our location in California 

puts us just hours 

from several awesome 


Las Vegas is about 
five hours away, San 
Francisco is six hours 
away and San Diego 
(and the Mexican 
border) is just three 
hours away. 

• And ski season is still 
in full swing, so hitting 
the slopes at Big Bear 
(three hours away) or 
Mammoth Mountain 
(six hours away) is 
very much an option for more 
adventurous types. 

Some of you may opt to 
participate in an "alternative" 
spring break, making a 
difference in the lives of the less 

You could help clean up 
the beaches in Galveston, 
Texas, that were damaged by 

Whatever you do 
on spring break, 
please remember to stay 
safe. Just use common 
sense and you should be 

are many 
other options 
for helping 
people locally 
or all over the 

If "you are 




like this (and 

aren't already 

signed up), 

be sure to act quickly, as the 

lead time on these programs 

can often be several weeks. 

Whatever you do on spring 
break, please remember to stay 

Just use common sense and 
you should be all right. 

Almost as important, be sure 
to have fun. 

There really aren't going to be 
an unlimited number of these 
week long breaks in the spring 
semester, so try to enjoy it. 

Remember, I would like to hear 
more from /you on .topic's WHUl 
like to see covered in future 
columns, questions you've been 
dying to ask or things about 
which you don't have a clue but 
would like to know about. 

Just e-mail me at 
or The Echo at 

You can also just drop your 
questions in the mail slot at The 
Echo office. 

Whatever your question or 
problem may be, I'm here to 

Life is too short to wonder what if 

In 50 years we will be ripe 
in age, wrinkled 
in physique and I 
wonder how many of 
us will look back on 
the years that have 
passed in regret. 

Many will reminisce 
about pleasant 

memories and many 
will not. 

Many will be 
satisfied with how 
their lives turned 
out, many will be 
surprised that it 
didn't go as planned 
and many will be disappointed 
with the decisions they have 

Was it the actual choice that 
was the problem, or results? 

I don't believe either one is 
the problem. 

Your life isn't defined by the 

choices you make. 

It's defined by the 
attitude you have 
towards the results of 
your choices. 

We struggle daily 
with petty obstacles. 

Most women would 
agree with me that 
waking up and trying 
to figure out what to 
wear that day can be a 
challenge in itself. 

But do you question 

your choice all day 

wondering, "if I only 

would have worn the 

blue dress instead..." 

No you don't, so why do 
countless people live with the 
idea of what could have been? 

To every choice there is a 

Most of the time the result 
won't happen right away, and 

when it does it may not even 
be visible. 

But life is too short, too 
precious to live wondering 
what could've been or what 
should've been. 

I find that with whatever 
result comes from my decision, 
it's my doing. 

Obviously. I made the choice 
therefore I initiated the result. 

But a lot of the time the effect 
isn't what I had in mind, but 
I take it in 
and realize 
good will 

come from it. 

I've had to 
make some 
lately that 

made me start 
to question 
myself and it 


ut life is too short, 
too precious to 
live wondering what 
could Ve been or what 
should've been. 

was a horrible feeling, and I got 

over it quickly. 
Each and every day things 

occur as a result of our choices, 

some good, some bad, but that 

spontaneity is what gives life 

The way a person reacts to 

these things is really what 

determines the way a person 

Do you take it for granted 

or do you appreciate what's 
happened and 
try to learn 
from it? 

If you live 
the second 
way you'll 

find life to be 
much more 

You can't 
yourself, and 

you can't live in the "what ifs." 

Being confident and happy 
with your life is the only way to 
enjoy it. 

The "negative Nancys," and 
"pessimistic Petes" living their 
lives this way are not enjoying 
life the way they should be 
and it's obvious to the people 
around them. 

These people are usually upset 
with other people, when they 
should really be giving the 
situation value. 

For you "Nancys" and "Petes" 
I leave you with one of my 
favorite quotes that comes from 
the classic song "Simple Man" 
by Lynard Skynard: 

"Take your time, don't live too 
fast. Troubles will come, and 
they will pass." 

Take in the repercussions of 
your decisions, they really are a 
beautiful thing. 

California Lutheran University 

C The Echo . 


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2:00 p.m. 




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La Verne* 
2:00 p.m. 

Shade denotes home game. * Conference Game. DH= Double Header. 

Why all the cliches in sports? 


With spring training just 
beginning, I felt it was 
important to bring up one 
of my least favorite parts of 
sports: cliches. 

Baseball is known for being 
a game of numbers and 

To anyone that 
significant time 

playing or watching 
baseball, one 

finds the game 
to be filled with 
annoying, overused 
or otherwise 

meaningless one- 

Here is my list 
of the five worst Cory Schuett 
phrases in baseball: 

1. "He's a gritty 

player" and other euphemism 
Whenever you hear ar 
announcer refer to a player as Manny being Manny. 

very often. 

Or a "crafty southpaw," a 
soft-throwing left-hander who 
occasionally baffles hitters 
with his slow pitches. 

Why can't a right-handed 
pitcher be crafty? Why can't 
someone who throws a good 
fastball be crafty? 

Why can't players 
just be referred to 
as what they really 

2. "That's Manny 
being Manny." 

Manny Ramierez 
was my favorite 
player for the 
Indians during the 

Before the fame, 

the Red Sox, the 

dreadlocks and before people 

started saying, "that's just 

gritty, a gamer, or someone 

It seems our inability 
to call things what 
they really are is the 
foundation of most 
baseball cliches 

who "plays the game the right 
way," it is most likely code for 
a slow white guy. 

The same goes for "contact 
hitters," who just aren't very 
strong but don't strike out 

How about someone with the 
cojones to say what it really 
is: That's just Manny being a 
boneheaded loaf. 

Yes, he will be a Hall-of- 
Famer for his hitting, but his 
skills are seriously lacking in 
just about every other facet of 
the garrfe. 

3. "A walk is as good as a 

If I had a dime for every time 
I heard this as a kid, I wouldn't 
be so worried about finding a 
job after I graduate. 

I remember standing on 
third base when my coach 
yelled this to my teammate. 

Would a walk have brought 

me inr 

Nope. Not only is it overused, 
but it's not even true in most 

4. "Good eye." 

When I played baseball, I 
never, ever, ever swung at the 
first pitch. 

This was probably because I 
didn't want to make an out on 
only one pitch. 

I would watch the first pitch 
go by, and one of the parents 
would always yell, "good eye, 

I wasn't going to swing 

Sure, there are times when 
this phrase is appropriate, 
but let's reserve it for when 
someone takes a close ball on 
an 0-2 count or something. 

5. "A good piece of hitting." 

I cringe whenever I hear this. 
What exactly is "a good piece 
of hitting?" I've never heard it 
used to describe a home run, 
the best hit possible. 

A good piece of hitting can't 
be a well-hit double down the 
line, a bouncer, bleeder or any 
other hit that "has eyes." 

A good piece of hitting must 
be hit well, but not too well, 
and it should probably go the 
opposite field. 

It seems our inability to 
call things what they really 
are is the foundation of most 
baseball cliches. 

Maybe this article can raise 
a few people's conscience less 
and get them to stop (over) 
using these phrases. 

Regals continue 
strong performance 

continues to 
power Regals 

By Tiffany Michaels 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Regals look to come 
out strong and continue to 
dominate this next Saturday 
during their double header 
away at Redlands. 

The Bulldogs have a record 
of 5-3 coming off of a split last 
Saturday to La Verne. 

"We are going to work 
on- keeping up our offense 
throughout the whole game 
and maintaining the quality 
defense we are capable of," 
said Robertson who is looking 
forward to their next series. 

The Regals (8-1, 4-1 SCIAC) 
softball team fell short to 
Pomona Pitzer (2-7,2-3 SCIAC) 
Saturday in extra innings. 

During spring break the 
Regals will have four home 
games starting with Wheaton 
University (111.) for a double- 
header on March 10 at noon. 

On March II they will play 
Hendrix University (Az.) in a 
double-header at noon then 
square off in a conference affair 
with a double-header against 
Claremont Mudd Scripps at 
noon on March 14. 

They will conclude their 
spring break games with a 
contest against Tufts University 
(Mass.) in a double-header at 
noon on March 15. 

The Regals faced the Sagehens 
in a double-header and could 
only finish one of the two 
games. The first they lost 12-11 
in the ninth inning. They got 
all the way through nine more 
innings of the second game, but 

it was called due to darkness at 
5-5 and rescheduled for April 

"We are looking forward to 
finishing out the second game 
against them when Pomona 
comes to play on our field," said 
junior Emily Robertson. 

CLU came out strong scoring 
10 of their 11 runs in the first 
three innings bringing the score 
to 10-2. 

The Sagehens came back 
scoring nine runs by the sixth 
inning tying the game at 11-11. 

The strong offense by Pomona 
brought the. Regals their first 
loss of the season, bringing 
their record to 8-1. 

. Lizzy Chacon Erin Lewis, 
Lizzie Novak, and Emily 
Robertson had two hits each in 
the first game. 

In the second game, Pomona 
dominated on two errors 
leading to the tying run in the 
ninth inning, forced a tenth 

The game ended at 5-5 with 
nine completed innings due to 
darkness and will be completed 
on April 1 1 when they meet 

The Regals were undefeated 
coming into this game with a 
record of 8-0 sweeping La Sierra 
(0-8) the previous Saturday. 

In the two games, they scored 
a total of 33 runs, 14 and 19 
respectively ending both games 
in only 10 innings. 

Chacon not only pitched five 
innings shutting out La Sierra, 
with 10 strikeouts sealing the 
win, she also brought the heat 
at the plate. She was 2-3, with a 
game high of 5 RBIs. 

The Regals earned the win as a 
^ team with all 13 players getting 
on base, and 12 of them scoring 
at least one run. 

La Sierra had a total of four 
hits throughout the two games. 

The Regals offense continues its hot start of 2009 campaign. 

March 4, 2009 


The Echo - Page 1 1 

Photo by Scott Nelson 
Wetterholm and Hunt win their doubles matches this past weekend. 

Senior duo 
leads men 's 
tennis team 

Wetterholm and 
Hunt dominate in 
doubles pairing 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

One of the greatest perks 
of college is the chance of 
meeting people from all over. 
Sometimes a cross town rival 
can become your best friend. 

That's the story of Kingsmen 
teammates Paul Wetterholm 
and Forrest Hunt. 

"In high school I knew of 
Forrest but we never faced 
each other," Wetterholm said. 

Every year in San Louis 
Obispo, Calif., there is an All- 
Area tournament called "The 
Valley Championships." 

Hunt and Wetterholm 
both represented their 
respective high schools in the 

However, they never faced 
each other until the first time 
they met in practice. 

When it came to college, 
initially. Hunt was at Cal 
Poly San Louis Obispo and 
Wetterholm, was a Kingsmen. 

However, when Hunt wasn't 
playing tennis in college he 
decided to transfer. 

"My private coach back home 
coached at CLU and coached 
[Mike Gennette, the Kingsmen 
head coach] when he was a 
player. What a small world." 

"Naturally, at first there 
was immediate competition 
between us," Hunt said. 

"Then it just became 
fun. I won our first match, 
but [Wetterholm] has my 


Now the duo partners are 
hoping to make nationals. In 
order to do that the doubles 
partners must finish in the top 
four pairs in the West Region. 

Last year Wetterholm 
qualified for Nationals as 
an individual, and hopes to 
repeat that accomplishment 
this year. 

While Hunt hopes to repeat 
his AlI-SCIAC honor he 
received the previous year. 

"The competition between 
us is good," Wetterholm said. 
"We're constantly pushing 
each other to our limits." 

Seniors this year, Wetterholm 
and Hunt look to lead the 
tennis team to a top two finish 
in SCIAC. 

"We got a transfer from 
UNLV, Andrew Guiffrida, who 
has really improved the talent 
on our team," Wetterholm said. 
"Our toughest competition 
this year will be CMS," who are 
ranked third in the nation in 
the NCAA Division III. 

Since sophomore year, these 
two best friends have been a 
part of the most intriguing 
thing about collegiate sports. 
Although there is "that 
awkward silence after we lose," 
Hunt said. "But in the end it 
makes us better." 

This past weekend the two 
won both No. 1 doubles 
matches, beating Pamona- 
Pitzer, and Chapman. 

Each of them split their 
singles match ups as the 
Kingsmen bettered themselves 
to an 8-1 record. 

These two and the rest of 
the Kingsmen & Regals Tennis 
teams compete on the courts 
on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Kingsmen season 
comes to a close 

Stags finish with 
16-4 run to oust 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo Staff Writer 

It was a battle for the SCIAC 
title as the men's basketball 
team struggled to come out on 
top against the Whittier college 

It was a tight game all the way 
to the end. 

The teams went back and forth 
but it all came down to the last 2: 
35 with the CLU up 61-56. 

That's when the Poets put up 
seven unanswered points, taking 
the lead 63-61. 

It was junior Kyle Knudsen for 
CLU and Marcus Gibson for WC 
who in the final minute traded 

He knocked down a 3-pointer 
with 38 seconds, taking back the 
lead 64-63. 

With Gibson in control of the 
ball he drove baseline and hit a 
jumper to take the lead with 24 
seconds left. 

Knudsen found himself open in 
the paint as he got the ball and 
laid it in with only 14 seconds 
left putting, the Kingsmen ahead 
by one. 

As time was expiring Whittier 
struggled to get off another shot 
and a timeout was called. 

The Poets in-bounded the ball, 
and Gibson made a last second 
prayer from about 24 feet putting 
the Poets ahead by two with 00.8 

The Poets would go on to win minutes, bringing the game 
68-66, after a final prayer went down to its final seconds. 

wide off the backboard. 

Losing to WC denied the 
Kingsmen of another SCIAC 
title, but they were still in the 
conference tournament. 

CLU faced Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps in the first round Friday 

"I think the worst part of the 

Knudsen's fifth 3-pointer of the 
game would bring them within 
two with only 43 seconds left to 
play, but that would be the last 
basket for the Kingsmen in the 
rest of regulation. 

The Kingsmen had a strong 
season and will only be better 
next year as the whole team will 

last two games was that we were be returning next year. 

up in the final minutes of the 
game, but couldn't close it out," 
Knudsen said. 

"We as a team need to improve 
on putting a team away when we 
have the chance." 

Despite the Kingsmen's best 
effort CMS pulled out a win 
60-54. CLU finished with a 
overall record of 18-8 and 10-4 
in SCIAC. 

It was Knudsen and Aaron 
Fisher who shot the lights out 
with a combined 48 of the team's 
54 points. 

After coming 
out of the 
locker room 
at halftime the 
Kingsmen were 
only down 10. 

In the opening 
minutes of ,the 
second half 
that would 

all change 

as Knudsen 

scored their first eight points to 
bring them just within two. 

The Kingsmen were able to 
take their biggest lead over the 
Stags 48-44 with just over four 
minutes to go. 

After that the Kingsmen were 
not able to score for over three 

"The guys have improved 
drastically throughout the year 
especially because the team is 
so young, half the squad being 

Each part of the season brings 
more experience. From the pre- 
season, to league play, to finally 
the conference tournament the 
guys were able to understand 
and excel with the system here," 
said Josh Thies, student assistant 
for the team. 

"And I'm really excited about 
everyone coming back next 

"We as a team need to 
improve on putting a 
team away when we have 
the chance." 

i - \ of + I 

— Kyle Knudsen 

With the 

of the season 
coming to a 
close the AJ1- 
SCiAC teams 



As the paper 

was going to 
press the AlI- 
SCIAC teams were announced, 
with three Kingsmen earning a 

Knudsen earned the only first- 
team nomination, while senior 
Andy Meier and freshman Aaron 
Van Klaveren earned second- 
team nominations. 

Photo by Doug Barnen 

Aaron Van Klaveren gets fouled hard going up for a shot by two Poet defenders. 

12 -The Echo 


March 4, 2009 

Kingsmen begin strong in baseball 

CLU battles 
tested for No. 1 1 
Chapman series 

By Andrew Parrone 
Echo Staff Writer 

The winning streak has come to 
an end, but the excellent season 
for the Kingsmen baseball team 

A week after sweeping the 
three-game series against 
defending SCIAC champion La 
Verne, the Kingsmen took an 
18-game winning streak into 
Saturday's against Claremont- 

They dropped their first game 
of the season to the Stags, 3-7 in 
11 innings. 

However, they did take two of 
the three games in the series. On 
Friday the Kingsmen won 6-2 at 

In the second game of the 
doubleheader on Saturday, they 
defeated the Stags 3-2 in seven 
innings. The game was shortened 
due to darkness. 

This weekend the Kingsmen 
have a tough two-game series 
against Chapman University. 

They play at home on Saturday 
at 1 p.m. at Ullman Stadium. 

Head coach Marty Slimak does 

not believe the long winning 
streak created any extra pressure 
on his team because the focus is 
one game at a time. 

"From the beginning we've 
always said you have to look at 
the game at hand," he said. "You 
can't look ahead and you can't 
look behind, and we've already 
put this one behind us." 

The starting pitching was solid 
on Saturday. Senior Mike Roe 
pitched over six scoreless innings 
in the first game, while junior 
Chase Tigert gave up only two 
runs in six innings in the second. 
The problems came in other 
aspects of the game. 

"1 think we pitched well, but 
we have to play better in our all- 
around game," Slimak said. 

"We did not play as well 
defensively as we should and we 
didn't play as well offensively as 
we can." 

In the first game, the Kingsmen 
led 3-2 in the ninth with two 
outs, but CMS was able to tie the 
game and later scored four runs 
in the I l' h to put the game away. 

Senior Nick Reitz was a large 
part of the victory in the second 
game, with three hits, two runs 
and an RBI at the plate. He 
also secured the final out in 
the seventh inning by making 
a difficult catch in center field 
that would have scored the 
Stag's runner from third had it 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan 

(Above) Senior David Iden singles during game one of Saturday's double-header. 

(Below) Sophomore Byran Minnich delivers a pitch during game one of Saturdays double-header. 


"I think we pitched well, 
but we have to play bet- 
ter in our all-around 

— Coach Slimak 

The players now can look ahead 

to their series against Chapman 
and make adjustments in their 

"We will have a good week 
of practice and stay focused all 
week," junior Matt Martin said. 
"We need to hit the ball better 
and get some clutch two-out hits 
and bring the intensity all game." 

Though the undefeated 
season is over, there is still the 

confidence that the winning will 
continue throughout the rest of 
the year. 

"We just have to be more 
consistent in our play," junior 
Jordan Ott said. "It's definitely 
disappointing that it's over but 
now we get a new win streak to 
start so we'll just do it all over 








With DJ Gary 

SCIAC Baseball Standings 












Cal Lutheran 






La Verne 









For Games Through: Mar 1, 2009 

The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 53, Number 5 

March 18,2009 

Candlelight vigil marks Prop. 8 appeal 

Students hold 
"Eye of justice 
candlelight vigil" 

By Jonathan McDermott 
Echo Staff Writer 

In November most Californians 
could be overheard discussing 
their position on one of the 
most hotly debated issues of 
California Ballot Propositions in 
recent history, the matter about 
the legality of same-sex marriage 
between domestic partners in 

In regards to the passing of Prop. 
8, exacdy four months to the 
day that California repealed gay 
marriage, CLU held a memorial at 
8 p.m. in Kingsmen Park on March 
4. The event labeled the "Eye of 
Justice Candlelight Vigil" brought 
together about 25 CLU students 
in order to peacefully assemble 
and mourn the-Jtact that universal 
equality has been lost to the new 
state constitutional amendment 
banning gay marriage. CLU 
student Jocelyn Bourgault planned 
and coordinated the event. 

"I first went to the Web site to 
find out information about the 
protest," Bourgault said. "Then I 
went to Media Services to get the 
word out and created a Facebook 
page to attract word-of-mouth 
support and finally, I went to 
Ministry Services to have the 
candles donated for the Vigil." 

It consisted of an opening prayer 
followed by a moment of silence 
after which junior Casey Kloehn 
read a personal invocation about 
the fight against Prop. 8. The event 
ended with an informal meeting 
with all attendees expressing why 
they attended this event and how 
strongly they felt about equality 
for gays and lesbians. 

The CLU chapter of the Gay- 
Straight Alliance supported the 
Candlelight Vigil. This event has 
helped students and staff alike gain 
awareness about the inequalities 
that Prop. 8 protects and give a 
voice to those who feel wronged 
by this amendment's passing. 

For people unfamiliar with 
what Proposition 8 dealt with, 
here is a little background of 
what it covers. Prop. 8 changed 
the state constitution to restrict 
the definition of marriage to 
opposite-sex couples and banned 
same-sex couples from the right 

to marry. 

The advocates for and against 
this proposition seemed to be as 
equal in .numbers as they were in 
blatant support for their sides. 

Each side had its specific 
reasons why they thought gay 
marriage should or should not 
be outlawed. Those for Prop. 8 
felt that heterosexual marriage 
was an essential institution of 
society, whereas those against 
believe equality under the law 
is a fundamental constitutional 
guarantee for all people regardless 
of sexual orientation. 

The Roman Catholic Church, 
The Church of Latter Day Saints, 
and various Orthodox Jewish 
Congregations, that included 
high profile conservatives in 
political office, supported the 

The liberal side was supported by 
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 
and two U.S. Senators Dianne 
Fienstein and Barbara Boxer, who 
adamantly believed that everyone 
h&> a right to ^quality under law 
and President Obama, verbally 
has opposed the contraction of 
gay rights in California. 

Proponents are now collecting 
signatures to get a repeal on the 

Students lit candles to show the, 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
Upport for the Prop. 8 repeal 

Students advised on spring break 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

To get themselves ready for 
an exciting and amazing spring 
break, California Lutheran 
University students took part 
in a Safe Spring Break event to 
learn more about traveling and 
sexual responsibility over the 
holiday break. 

"It is just another way for us to 
get information out to students 
on ways to be safe on spring 
break," said Amanda Whealon, 
coordinator for Student 
Leadership and Programs. 

As an event organized by the 
Wellness Programs office, Safe 
Spring Break brings a multitude 
of information to the students to 
help them prepare for the week- 
long break filled with traveling 
and fun. 

With many different tables 

ranging from healthy eating to 
first aid tips, students seemed 
very excited to take part in the 
event and learn how to keep 
themselves safe. 

"We reached our goal for 
student participation and 
seem to have exceeded the 
expectations of the students," 
said freshman Kristina Barckley, 
Wellness Programs intern. 

Students were also able to 
learn about more mature subject 
matter like safe sex and safe 
drinking tips. 

From information pertaining 
to how alcohol affects the body 
and your hydration to pamphlets 
filled with information about 
sexual responsibility, students 
were able to learn about these 
topics in a non-threatening and 
informative way. 

The event also brought on 
to campus Deputy Shawn 

Holzberger of the Ventura 
County Sheriff's Department. 

Holzberger was there to give 
students more information 
regarding safe drinking and ways 
to stay safe over the break. 

"I'm talking mostly about 
alcohol responsibility and DUI 
awareness," he 

Students were 
also able to try 
on beer goggles 
that the deputy 
brought with 

These give the 
person wearing 
them the 

perception of 
being drunk. 

Students were able to drive 
a remote control car to show 
how much they are affected by 
drinking and take part in a relay 

race that involved the goggles. 

"It's great to see how interested 
students really are about the 
information that we are all trying 
to get out there," Holzberger 

As an event that generally 

took place in the evening, Safe 

Spring Break 

has been 

"It is just another way for moved to 

us to get information out the daytime 

to students on ways to be 

safe on spring break" 

— Amanda Whealon 


Having it at the Student Union 
Building during class hours has 
helped make the event more 
available to students. 

Also giving away free Shave It 

to amp up 

shaved ice, the Wellness office 
gave a great incentive to students 
who attended. 

Upon arrival, students were 
given a bag and signature card. 

They would then go through 
the event learning about what 
each table had to offer and 
get information regarding the 
different subjects. 

Students would then get their 
card signed and at the end receive 
a coupon for free Shave It. 

"We've been hearing some 
really good feedback from 
students," Whealon said. 

"We're happy they were able to 
enjoy the event and gain valuable 
knowledge to help them be 
responsible over spring break." 

With a lack of pamphlets for 
students to take late in the day, 
the apparent success of the event 
shows the eagerness for students 
to learn how to stay safe. 


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California Lutheran University 

March 18,2009 

KCLU begins semi-annual fundraiser 

drive has target 
of $200,000 

By Ember Mitchell 
Special to the Echo 

The phones will be ringing this 
spring at CLU's radio station, 
KCLU, as the semi-annual 
membership drive gets underway 
March 26-April 4. 

The KCLU membership drive is 
an opportunity for listeners and 
advocates of the radio station to 
donate money and time to support 
KCLU on FM in Ventura County 
at 88.3 and Santa Barbara County 
at 102.3 and on AM at 1340. 

"The gratifying thing is that 
people really love the station and 
really want to support it" said 
Mia Karnatz, director of member 
services at KCLU for almost five 

KCLU is a National Public 
Radio station that is licensed to 
CLU. The membership drive is a 
major way that the station receives 

The station's daily lineup , of 
programs includes "Morning 
Edition," "Fresh Air" and "All 
Things Considered." Saturdays 

feature "You Bet Your Garden" 
and "Car Talk" and Sundays have 
"A Chef's Table." On Saturdays 
and Sundays, "A Prairie Home 
Companion" is among the KCLU 

Donors in the past have pledged 
anywhere from a few dollars to 
$5,000, but the average donation is 
$90, Karnatz said. 

She said one local family with 
three young children ages 5, 7 and 
9, calls in each year, and each child 
donates $5. 

that CLU services 

students and 
who don't 
have money 
to donate can 
help by coming 
to KCLU 

at Mt. Clef 
residence hall 
at the corner 
of Mt. Clef 

Boulevard and Memorial Parkway 
to volunteer by answering phones 
and accepting pledges. 

"It's a really great opportunity 
not only to learn how radio 
works, but to meet people in the 
community who support the radio 
station," she said. "We have people 
from the community who have 
been coming in for years." 

"The gratifying thing is 
that people really love 
the station and really 
want to support it." 

— Mia Karnatz 

"We've been very lucky. All of 
our volunteers here have been 
really great." . 

The spring membership drive 
is crucial to KCLU because 60 
percent of the radio station's 
funding comes from community 

The money is used to pay for 
operating expenses, acquire 
new programming, produce 
programming, pay the salaries of 
the staff and cover other expenses. 
Karnatz's job is to provide 
for both listeners and 
members and 
to raise money 
from members. 

"You're very 
fortunate when 
you get to find 
a vocation that 
you're very 

about," she said. 
The ultimate 
mission of 

KCLU is brand identity, getting 
California Lutheran University's 
name out. KCLU also aims to 
better expand its services and 
strives for audience loyalty. 

The station has been broadcas ti ng 
to audiences in Ventura County 
for 15 years, and expanded to 
Santa Barbara County in the past 
seven years. The audience is an 

estimated 87,000 listeners. 

"Our greatest thing is word 
of mouth, people telling other 
people about the station," Karnatz 
said. "I believe in the mission of 
public radio to provide quality 
programming to listeners." 

In addition to private donations, 
the radio station also gets funding 
from the Corporation for Public 
Broadcasting, private companies 
and corporate sponsorship. 

The goal for the spring 
membership drive is $200,000, 
from an expected 2,000 donors. 

"We brought in $240,000 from 
our last drive. I'm pretty confident 
we'll bring in more than the last 

drive," Karnatz said. 

KCLU hopes to eventually be able 
to move to its very own building 
equipped with classroom space 
for students who wish to focus on 
radio communication. 

It is slated to be a 10,000- square- 
foot, two-story building and 
will be located on north campus 
next to the new Early Childhood 

Karnatz said that the Capital 
Campaign for the new building- 
separate from the Membership 
Drive-36 percent has been raised. 

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KCLU or to donate money, call 

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Skeptics arise regarding 
Obama's budget plan 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

A total of 651,000 jobs were lost 
in the month of February. With the 
economy in a spiraling-downward 
plummet, is there hope for any of us 
in the future to gain employment, 
keep a job and see America 
prosper again? The road ahead is 
definitely going to be a long one, 
but according to President Obama, 
there still is hope. 

Obama's $3 trillion plus budget 
plan has gained quite a lot of 
criticism from both political 
parties. However, the president 
continues to take an optimistic 
approach to the "mess" that was 
passed down to him by the Bush 

"If we are keeping focused on all 
the fundamentally sound aspects of 
our economy, all the outstanding 
companies, workers, all the 
innovation and dynamism in this 
economy, then we're going to get 
through this," Obama said. 

As he begins lobbying for his 
budget plan, Obama will need 
the support of the Republican 
Party, which he has not gained, 
thus far. The president did not 

receive a single Republican House 
of Representatives vote toward his 
plan, which includes significant 
changes in health care, the public 
education system and renewal of 
energy resources. 

However, his approval ratings 
continue to stay strong. According 
to a recent Gallop poll, 60 percent 
of the American public approve of 
Obama's policies. The percentage 
did go down as a result of decreasing 
support from Republicans since he 
was sworn into office. 

The U.S. Department of Labor 
released more starding statistics 
for the week. Unemployment has 
now reached 8.1 percent, with 
13.8 percent of the unemployed 
under the age of 29, compared to 
December 2007 when it was at 9 

The Dow Jones continues to take 
a dive with the index 12 percent 
lower than when the market 
opened on inauguration day for 

His continuous reminders that 
former President Bush left the 
American public in "a trillion dollar 
deficit, a 14-month recession and a 
broken financial system" may be 
the reason why so few Republicans 

are backing his own plan. 

Former Vice President Dick 
Cheney defended Bush's actions in a 
recent interview with CNN. He said 
it was necessary to spend the money 
on "the September 1 1 ,h attacks, the 
resulting war in Afghanistan, the 
disaster Hurricane Katrina in 2005 
and the war in Iraq." 

"All of these things required 
us to spend money that we had 
not originally planned to spend, 
or weren't originally part of the 
budget," Cheney said. "Stuff 
happens. And the administration 
has to be able to respond to that, 
and we did." 

Whether one agrees with the new 
proposed budget plan or not, the 
Obama administration remains 
confident that it is the solution to 
get the country out of a trillion 
dollar deficit. 

"There is no doubt in our minds 
and there is no doubt in the 
presidents mind that in fact we will 
overcome this. We will climb out ot 
this hole," Vice President Joe Biden 
told the Associated Press. "It just 
takes some real perseverance, and 
you've got to have a guy as gutsy as 
the president who's willing to make 
some really tough decisions." 

March 18,2009 


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Neilson appointed new Provost 

Neilson chosen 
among three 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

Dr. Leanne Neilson was 
appointed provost and vice 
president for academic affairs 
of CLU after a national search 
for a permanent provost began 
in the fall. She replaces Dr. Chris 
Kimball, who was appointed as 
president on April 1, 2008. 

"Working directly with the 
academic deans, associate 
provosts, other directors 
within the Academic Affairs 
division, and her administration 
colleagues, Leanne will help us 
realize our vision and achieve the 
goals outlined in the university's 
strategic plan" Kimball said in 
an announcement to faculty and 

She joined the CLU faculty 
in 1993 when she began 
teaching in the psychology 
department after earning her 
doctorate in psychology from 
Pepperdine University. Neilson 

has been a leader on campus, 

co-chairing the $80 million 

capita) campaign and serving as 

director of 

the graduate 



q ual i f ied 
were invited 
to campus, 
each one 
gifts and 
The search 
chaired by 
Dr. Kristine 

assessed each candidate and 
found each one had strengths 
that would fit the CLU 
community well. 

"The choice of Leanne, then, 
represents a decision that her 
talents are those best suited to 
serve CLU now and in the years 
ahead," Kimball added. 

She has also served as associate 
provost for Graduate/Adult 
Programs and Accreditation 
at CLU since 2004. She helped 

lead the university through the 

most recent Western Association 

of Schools and Colleges 


process while 


several areas 

related to 



and academic 

■ enhancements 

in the graduate 


"In addition, 
standing in 
the Ventura 
will be an 
asset as 

we undertake campaigns for 
academic buildings in the arts 
and in the sciences," Kimball 

Aside from her involvement on 
campus, Neilson is a leader in the 
community. She has been on the 
Board of Directors of the United 
Way of Ventura County for four 
years. She is also a founding 
member of the United Women's 
Leadership Council, a program 
supported by the United Way. 

Ryan McDermott 

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Letter from the Office of 

University President 

Chris Kimball 

Dear Campus Community, 

I am delighted to announce 
that Dr. Leanne Neilson has 
accepted appointment as 
provost of California Lutheran 

The search committee, chaired 
by Dr. Kristine Butcher, is to 
be commended for bringing 
three outstanding candidates to 

Each one possesses 

considerable gifts and talents 
and would, the committee said, 
make a very fine provost. 

Though different, each 
candidate has great strengths 
that would serve CLU well, 
and the entire campus is to 
be commended for so clearly 
articulating what each one 

Thank you all for your honest 
assessments of their suitability. 
While this situation made it 
challenging to select just one 
to be our provost, it should also 
be seen as a statement of CLU's 
attractiveness as an institution. 
That three outstanding leaders 
wanted to come to CLU is 
testimony to the high quality 
work that you do. 
For that, I am very grateful. 
The choice of Leanne, then, 
represents a decision that her 
talents are those best suited to 
serve CLU now and in the years 

Leanne is, of course, well 
known to most everyone on 

She is a long-time member of 
the faculty, including having 
been elected for a term as 
Faculty Chair, as well as having 
served in several important 
academic administrative roles. 

Even though you know her 
well, it is important to say a few 
things about why I believe that 
she is the person best 
qualified to serve as 
provost at this time. 

Leanne has shown 
that she can do the 
work required of the 

She has served well 
as Interim Provost 
this year. 

Before that, she 
acted as associate 
provost under her 
two predecessors and 
was responsible for 
ensuring that many 
of the duties that 
come with the office 
were fulfilled to a 
high standard. 

During this time 
when the global 
economic crisis 

makes stability essential to 
keeping CLU growing in 
academic quality, Leanne 
promises to bring the necessary 
consistency to the role, along 
with knowledge of devotion to 
the institution. 

Her attention to our 
governance structures and 
processes, such as those outlined 
in the Faculty Handbook is also 
a particular advantage and she 
has shown herself to be a strong 
advocate for the faculty and for 
academic programs. 

She has done all of this while 
managing to stay professionally 
active through presentations 
and publications. 

Working directly with the 
academic deans, associate 
provosts, other directors within 
the Academic Affairs division, 
and her administration 
colleagues, Leanne will help us 
realize our vision and achieve 
the goals outlined in the 
university's strategicplan. -•» < 

In particular, this means 
implementing those strategies 
needed to raise the university's 
academic profile while 

achieving our critical goals such 
as improved compensation. 

In addition, Leanne's 

standing in the Ventura County 
community will be an asset as 
we undertake campaigns for 
academic buildings in the arts 
and in the sciences. 

For these reasons, then, 
Leanne's gifts fit extremely 
well with what the university 
needs from its new provost. 

Please join me in 
congratulating Leanne on her 

Chris Kimball 

California Lutheran University 

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March 21 

University Chapel: 
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5 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

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"Keep your face always 

toward the sunshine 

and shadows will fall 

behind you." 

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Indian Color Festival 

1 1 a.m. Kingsmen Park 

Hein-Fry Lecture Series 

1 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 



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March 18,2009 

Nothing like dinner and a movie 

Muvico Theaters offers customers both style and convenience 

By Scott Beebe 

Echo Staff Writer 

The film world has had 
many evolutions since its 
start. From black and white 
films, to silent movies, to 
colored pictures and finally 
to a state-of-the-art luxury 
theater that goes by the 
name "Muvico Theaters," 
we have seen evidence of 
such changes. 

In late February the 
Muvico Theater franchise 
opened its Thousand Oaks 
cinema at the Oaks Mall. 
The theater features 14 
state-of-the-art theaters 
that are home to select 
21-and-over venues and 
reserved and general 
admission seating. 

It's a one of a kind 
theater in Ventura County, 
featuring Bogart's Bar & 
Grill, which is open for 
lunch and dinner. 

This theater embraces 
the saying, "A Night at the 
Movies," catering to its 
audience and providing a 
21-and-over theater. If you 
purchase a premier ticket 
for a cost of $20, you are 
given the opportunity to 
sit in a full love seat while 
consuming a cocktail and a 
full-course meal. 

The prices are comparable 
for general admission 
seating, $9 for a movie 
before 4 p.m., after that 
time the tickets cost $11 
for general and reserved 

"Muvico is amazing. It's 
good for all ages. If you 
want to drink beer, you 
can, and if you want to just 
relax on a leather seat and 
watch a movie with some 
friends it's perfect. Overall 
the theater is amazing," 
senior Kyle Hansen said. 

Even the general seating at the Muvico Theaters in Thousand Oaks is impressive. 

Though people may think a cocktail away from noisy 

this is a theater that fosters children. 

to those of drinking age The cinema even considers 

with small 
children. On 
the theater 
has a special 
for matinee 
can bring 
children 3- 
to a movie and the children 
have free admission. The 

it still has 

a family 


Parents can 

bring their 


and have 

them sit in 

the general 



while they 

utilize the love-seats on 

the balcony level and enjoy 

"If you want to just 
relax on a leather seat 
and watch a movie with 
friends, it's perfect." 

— Kyle Hansen 

theater lowers the volume 
and dims the lights to 
foster to younger children's 
eyes and ears. 

While viewing your 
film you'll embark on an 
experience in a plush seat 
that you will melt into 
with extra leg room. So 
there is no need to get up 
or contort your body into 
unnatural positions when 
someone needs to walk in 
front of you. 

"I was impressed with 
the quality of the theater 
and the level of customer 

Photo by Doug Bamen 

service I received," Meghan 
Kelly said. 

What is the big deal about 
this new Muvico Theater? 
Yes, all theaters are the 
same in the sense that you 
are seeing a film, but people 
pay for the atmosphere and 
the experience as well. 

After viewing a movie at 
Muvico, you will not go 
anywhere else. Where can 
you go see a movie, have 
dinner and a cocktail all in 
the same chair? No where 
else in Thousand Oaks, 
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March 18,2009 

Gardner garners playwright praise 

By Michelle Schwartz 
Echo Staff Writer 

Ken Gardner, the CLU arts 
chair, has been recognized for 
playwriting. He received the 
National Playwriting Program 
Excellence in Education Award 
through the Kennedy Center 
American College Theater 
Festival Region VIII. It was a 
surprise and an honor, Gardner 

He has been teaching theater 
arts at CLU for 24 years, and 1 1 
of'his original shows have been 
produced on campus. 

Gardner, a member of the 
Academy for New Musical 
Theater in Los Angeles, has 
also directed more than 70 
shows, and two of his CLU 
productions .have been invited 
to the regional Kennedy Center 
American College Theater 

Gardner began at CLU 
directing the Children's Theatre 

"I think we need to commit 
to creating and producing new 
plays at CLU," he said. "We have 
a lot of talent in the department 
and the future of theater lies 
in the development of new 

CLU sophomore Kelly Derouin 
is in the theater department and 
has had Gardner as a teacher 
and a director. 

"Ken is silly and brings a 
very unique energy into his 
classroom," Derouin said. "He 
is casual, laid back and very 

Derouin was a lead in 
Gardner's most recent original 
show on campus, "Ohio," that 
was performed in" the spring 
of 2008. 

"It was very different for 
me, doing an original show," 
Derouin said. 

"I probably won't have 
another chance to do that 
for a while. I also enjoyed his 
creativity and drive for the 
show. He really wanted to bring 
new perspectives to the campus 
and I really respect that." 

The Kennedy Center 

American College Theater 
Festival is a program designed 
to recognize and celebrate the 
most diverse work produced in 
university and college theater 
programs, according to a CLU 
press release. 

"It's nice to be acknowledged 
for your efforts," Gardner said. 
"I love teaching at CLU. This is 
icing on the cake." 

Ken Gardner has been honored with the National Playwriting Program Excellence Award. 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 

Ordif croons across the country 

By Emily Peterson 

Echo Staff Writer 

A bus-full of CLU choir 
students departed on its spring 
tour on March 8 to begin 
sharing its music for the 2009 

The choir performed lighter 
fare which included hymns, 

spiritual and multicultural 
songs under the direction of Dr. 
Wyant Morton. 

Hayley Woldseth, a senior and 
the president of the CLU choir 
said, "the tour went really well 
and we were as good as we've 
ever sounded." 

As the choral group at the 
university, the choir has a 

respected status on the West 
Coast for being committed to 
performing optimum music 
from choral literature in its 
original language. 

Andrew Zimmermann, a 
freshman and member of the 
choir, said, "the CLU Choir 
Tour provided a wonderful 
experience, cultivating 

friendships within the Choir 
and all over the West Coast." 

They mostly performed in 
Lutheran churches in cities 
including Fullerton, Glendale 
and Bakersfield. 

The final performance of the 
tour was last night in the CLU 
Samuelson Chapel. 

Not only does the choir use 

choral literature that reflects 
CLU's Lutheran heritage, but 
it also creatively applies newer 
pieces that allow for a culturally 
different perspective. 

"It was great to be able to 
spend time with the choir and 
become better friends with 
some members I didn't know 
so well," said Noelle Kraus, a 
sophomore and member of the 
choir. "We also lucked out with 
beautiful weather and even got 
to see some snow on the last 

Morton became the CLU 
director of choral activities in 
1992, making him the third 
conductor in the history of the 
CLU choir. As the head of the 
music department, he is large 
contributor to the voice faculty. 
Morton is also a conductor, 
adjudicator and clinician as a 
guest for performances across 
-the U.S. 

"Spending a week on a bus 
and traveling a thousand miles 
to bring music to people would 
not have been enjoyable without 
the amazing new friends I made 
on tour," Zimmermann said. 

Urmas Sisask, an Estonian 
composer, beautifully 

incorporated his study of the 
solar system into his music. 

American Eric Whitacre, will 
join the CLU choir in a concert 
of his music on April 24. 
Both Sisask and Whitacre will 
highlight the show. 

"All in all it was a great trip 
with some great performances," 
Kraus said. 

March 18,2009 


The Echo - Page 7 

Fighting for equality 

CLU senior involves herself in Gay Straight Alliance, 
Feminism Is and Center for Equality and Justice. 

By Sophia Naranjo 
and Krystle Mataras 

Special to The Echo 

Most students in their senior 
year at college are only focused 
on graduation, but some are 
involved in much more than 

Cheyanne Anderson is one of 
those involved students. The 
Ventura County native and 
sociology major at California 
Lutheran University is the 
president of Gay Straight 
Alliance, treasurer of Feminism 
Is and programs assistant of the 
Center for Equality and lustice. 

"They're all really time 
consuming and all of them 
tend to overlap a lot," she said. 
"All three organizations are 
■ concerned with equal rights 
and making sure people 
aren't marginalized. All three 
organizations tend to co-sponsor 
events with one another and 
work together closely." 

Anderson is passionate about 
people and strives to see them all 
treated well. She wants to make a 
positive difference. 

"I became president of GSA 
because 1 wanted to create a 
safe community for all students 
on campus, especially my close 
friends," she said. "I believe 
that no one should be treated 
unfairly because of their sexual 
orientation or gender identity, 
and 1 wanted to be a part of an 

affirming community at CLU." 

With so much responsibility, 
Anderson is stressed at times, 
especially becauseof her concerns 
with the progress of GSA. She's 
always trying to figure out ways 
to get people involved. Anderson 
plans programs and events to 
draw in people GSA is trying to 
reach out to. 

"I want to make sure that I do it 
as best as I possibly can and that 
I portray the community and 
the issues in a way that makes it 
relatable for students who may 
not be a part of 

Anderson has been part of the 
Feminism Is since her freshman 
year in college and has identified 
as a feminist since she was 12. 
She was vice president last year 
and worked on the Take Back the 
Night committee. 

"I love Feminism Is," she said. 
"It's a really important club and 
it's really important that more 
young people self identify as 
feminists and we don't run from 
that label." 

As the programs adviser, 

Anderson helps the directors of 

CEJ with event 

"No one should be 
treated unfairly because 
of their sexual orienta- 
tion or gender identity." 

— Cheyanne Anderson 

it," she said. "It 
humanizes the 
issues and gets 
more support 
from the rest of 
the students on 


worked hard 
to get people 

about Proposition 8, which Anderson 
works to take away the rights of GSA, Feminism Is and CEJ, 
same-sex couples. She was a part she still finds time for other 
of the Ventura County No on organizations, Not for Sale, 
Prop. 8 Campaign Team. Brothers and Sisters United, 

"I did everything that I possibly Secular Student Alliance and 
could have for the campaign, College Democrats. 

planning and 
tasks. Some 
examples of 
events in the 
past are World 
Aids Day, the 
Out Panel and 
the Reel Justice 
film series. 

Even though 
involved with 

so this apparent defeat is very 
troubling for me," she said. 
"However, I am proud of the 
work that GSA and the CLU 
campus has done for the No 
on [Prop.] 8 campaign and I 
know that we will all continue 
to fight." 

"1 honestly love activism and 
trying to make positive changes 
in the community, whatever that 
community is," she said. "I'm 
making change and forming 
a supportive community on 
campus. I feel like I'm making a 

Music Column: 

Soldiers of Jah Army 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

I hope you all had a fantastic 
break and had a crazy St. Patty's 
Day. Over break I have been 
trying to think about the next 
genre of music I should cover. 
Being that we are coming out of 
a break and trying to get back 
into the whole swing of things, I 
figured 1 should cover something 
that is chill and laid back. I have 
decided to feature Reggae this 
week and I wish yOu all would 
really check this band out. 
Anyhow, pleasant reading, listen 
to the band, and have fun this 
week. Besos! 

Artist To Watch: SO/A 

Bob Marley, the one name that 
comes to mind instantly when 
talking about reggae music. Well, 
I've got news for you. There's a 
new band in town and it is about 
to tear the reggae world apart. 
SOJA is a Washington, D.C.- 
based reggae band and it is jam- 
packed full of sound and soul. 

SOJA's sound is rooted in reggae, 
but it is in no way limited to just 
that style of music. The band 
picks up vibes from hip hop, rock 

and reggae. The reggae message 
and the constant promotion of 
revolution was SOJA's reason for 
making reggae its predominant 

Its insane vibes and moving 
lyrics make SOJA one of my top 
choices. Reggae has maintained 
all of the ideals that Marley was 
such an advocate for. 

SOJA, which stands for Soldiers 
of Jah Army, originally formed in 
1997. The five-member band has 
issued three full length albums 
and two EPs since 2000. 

Starting with the self-titled 
album, "Soldiers of Jah Army" 
then followed in 2003 with 
"Peace in a Time of War," its first 
full length album. 

"Dub in a Time of War" was a 
dub version of "Peace in a Time 
of War." A dub is a type of reggae 
that makes revisions on existing 
songs. In January of 2006 it 
released "Get Wiser," its third 
full-length album. 

SOJA's latest album, "Stars and 
Stripes," its fourth for its label, 
was released in 2008. 

The band will release its second 
DVD "SOJA Live In Hawai'i - A 
Marc Carlini Film," in the first 
half of 2009. The band's DVD 

release will be followed by the 
highly anticipated album, "Born 
In Babylon," which is scheduled 
for release in the summer of '09. 

SOJA averages 150 gigs per year, 
which happen all over the world 
from Hawai'i to the East Coast 
to Guam. 

The group is now on tour 
and will be hitting select cities 
in the United States, Canada, 
Caribbean, Pacific Islands, South 
America and Europe. 

My Favorite Album: "Soldiers of 
Jah Army" 

My Favorite Songs: "Peace in 
a Time of War" and "Freedom 

Upcoming Shows: 
March - 

31 - The Expendables, Less 
Than Jake ( Avalon Theatre) 

April - 

4 - Left Alone (Hollywood) 


7 - Nekromantix (Queen Mary) 

28 - Vans Warped TourfSeaside 
Park): NoFX, Bad Religion, 
Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Less 
Than Jake, Anti-Flag 

"What did you give up 
for Lent?" 

'I gave up fast food 
and medicine." 

Bri Aleman 

"We gave up 


Landon Smith and 

Chad Heschong 

"[I gave up] 

chocolate. ..that's 

intense for me." 

Jared Robles 

California Lutheran University 


I The Echo 

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March 18,2009 

Rihanna needs sense knocked into her 

The star lets her 
career fall instead 
of inspiring others 

The latest news regarding Rihanna 
and Chris Brown is ultimately 
ruining Rihanna's career. 

This may sound 
ludicrous, but it's true. 

Rihanna has an 
opportunity to have a 
positive impact on abuse 
victims and she's choosing 
not to take it. 

One in five teenage 
relationships result in 
reports of being physically 
or sexually abused, and 
women between 16-24 are 
the most likely victims. 

Rihanna should be 
taking this chance 

become an advocate for violence 
prevention or encouraging 
teens to get out of unhealthy 

Instead she flies to Florida, to 
spend a weekend with her abuser, 

It blows my mind that she 
would even consider 
speaking to him 
again after he beat 
her to a pulp. 
It's really quite sad. 
In the meantime, 
Brown's record 

J sales have seen no 
J fluctuation and his 
career is holding 

Although many 

people are angry 

and disappointed in 

his actions, they are 

hoping he will change. 

That's very optimistic and I also 
hope that for 

him, but until 
then he should 
not be receiving 
any sort of fan 

As Brown 

continues to 
make money 
from his record 
sales, Rihanna 
is being mocked 
for her lack of backbone, 
rightfully so. 

As a role model to not only 
American teenagers, but also to 
youth around the world and on her 
home island of Barbados, Rihanna 
is quickly losing credibility and 

Every magazine cover in the 
grocery store, every radio station, 
Web site and news station has 

covered the story wondering what 
she is thinking. 

It blows my mind 
that she would even 
consider speaking to 
him again after he beat 
her to a pulp. It's really 
quite sad. 


I too wonder 

why she has 

chosen to be 

with him, but 

I also have 

never been in 

her situation, 

and I'm very 

thankful for 


The only hurt 

someone should feel when he or 

she is in love is from heartbreak, 

not a broken nose. 

Healthy relationships are only 
physical with mutual consent. 
Rihanna has a chance to save her 
career if she chooses to do so. 

Fellow celebrity Robin Givens 
is one who chose to do the right 
After being married to the 

former heavyweight champion of 
the world, Mike Tyson, for eight 
months, she filed for divorce due 
to physical abuse. 

She is now a spokesperson for 
the National Domestic Violence 

Givens has admitted publicly that 
it was extremely difficult for her to 
leave, but in the end she had to. 

I hope that Rihanna is able to 
gather herself together and make 
some clarity out of this situation. 

Numerous people are available 
for her, offering support and 
guidance and hopefully she will 
make the best choice for herself. 

But, if she does choose to stay 
with him, maybe the next time 
he hits her, he'll knock some sense 
into her. 

I realize that's an awful thing 
to say, but if he did it once, it's 
probable he'll do it again. 

Time for the future is now 


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As one chapter of my life 
experience ends, another great 
adventure is set to begin. 

I'm greeted with mixed emotion 
at that prospect. 

A little over a week ago 
I received a flyer detailing 
all the upcoming 
graduation festivities. 

It was an unexpected 
gut check and a time of 
self reflection. 

It's with both 
excitement and a sense 
of uncertainty that I 
countdown the days 
until May 16, 2009, 
commencement day. 

Excitement for the day 
that until recendy, seemed 
too far away, unachievable and too 
much of a far-off dream. 

For someone who, after being 
gone from college for almost four 
years, finally decided to return to 
academia to fulfill both parental 
and personal expectations of 
earning a four year degree, May 
16, 2009, has been a day long in 

A day that is now coming too 

I have excitement for all that lies 
ahead and for the things I assume 
will happen in the future and all 
the things I haven't yet fathomed 
I'll experience. 

I fee! excited at the prospect of 
getting the chance to use my degree 
and do something "great" 

I'm excited for all the possibilities 
to be afforded to me in the years to 
come now that I'll have a piece of 
paper certifying a commitment of 
four years of study. 

For any big juncture in life, be 
it a marriage to or of a loved one, 
the starting of a new career or 
the occasion of graduation from 
college, we're offered two choices. 

We can make the best of the 
resources we've got available to us, 
or dwell on those things in life we 

Regardless of what 
the news of the day 
is, -what co-workers, 
fellow students and 
even faculty may say, I 
know this is the right 
and perfect time to 

There's a whole world 
of possibilities that 
are just waiting to be 

Life, this "thing" 

we experience while 

moving from day to 

day, is a road trip and 

there will be detours, flat tires and 


Sometimes it may just be a case of 
running out of gas. 

As before, we're offered an 
opportunity, we get to take stock of 
the situation. 

Rather than get mad at that flat 
tire, the detour, or the breakdown, 

use those interruptions as an 
opportunity for growth, the 
learning of a new skill. 

When one runs out of gas, he or 
she gets the opportunity to depend 
on someone 
else to fill them 
up; literally and 

The detours 
one will be faced 
with can be 
used to discover 
a previously 
unknown way 
of getting from 
point A to point B. 

That's what makes the adventure 
fun, the unknown, the learning of 
new things. 

These speed bumps in life we 
experience, often called "crises" 
or "bad luck" are really just 
opportunities for growth. 

Inevitably any new adventure will 
be fraught with these obstacles. 

How we choose to deal with them 
largely determines how we'll let 
them affect our trip. 

I feel excited at the 
prospect of getting the 
chance to use my de- 
gree and do something 

Remember, those before us had 
disease, poverty, war and eminent 
destruction to deal with too. 

The "problems" we face today 
aren't new. 

They've been 
and sold to 
each successive 

The only 

difference now is 


With the 

Internet and 24-hour cable news, 

we can "crap" ourselves out at all 

hours of the day. 

Someone should really do 
something about that 
That someone is you. 
Life's an adventure, embrace the 
unknown, and above all grow. 

The uncertainty should excite 

Congratulations and good luck 
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Beth knows best: dating advice 

"My girlfriend makes 
fun of me in front of my 
friends and I don't know 
how to tell her it bugs 
me. What do I do?" 


Well, if it's really 
bugging you that much, 
you should confront 

communication is an 
important part of a 
good relationship. 

Confrontation may be 
scary, but it is still one of the best 
ways to share your feelings. 

Just be honest with her about 
how you feel. 

Express that you don't 
appreciate it when she constantly 
makes fun of you, especially in 
front of your friends, even if it's 
in a playful way. 

Also, say how it makes you 

You'll come off being even 
more sensitive and willing to 
talk. Golden! 

Now, at first she may get 
offended. But let's face it, girls 
can be siliy at 

If she remains 
mad, try to talk 
it out more. 

Maybe you 
could ask her 
to try to put 
herself in your 
place- — how 
would she feel 
if you always 
made fun of her 
in front of her friends? 

Take in to consideration as well 
how serious your relationship is. 
Is it important to you and one 
that you see going places? 

if not, what's the point? Maybe 
you should just break it off. 

This may sound harsh, but 
if you're not happy, that's not 

In all honesty, if 
she continues to do 
this after you talked 
about it, you should 
seriously consider 
breaking up. 

A girlfriend who 

continues to treat you 

rudely doesn't seem to 

be one worth keeping. 

My best advice, 

though, is to first 

confront her about it. 

If you can work it 

out and be happy, 

great; if not, maybe 

it's time to be done with this 


'7 have a friend who lots of girls 
find attractive and has a great 
personality, but he has trouble 
getting a girl when there are so 
many standing right in front of 
him. How do you make him realize 
that?" - Annoyingly Confused 

Hmm, this really is a frustrating 

Have you ever talked to this 

person about his relationships or 

people he wants to date? 

Maybe what he's looking for in 

a girl is not the 

same thing you 

think he wants 

in a girl. 

If it seems 
he's just being 
blind to all 
the girls who 
might want to 
go out with 
him, maybe 
you should 
start making 
suggestions and point people out 
to him. 

Start making him realize that 
there are many girls that find him 
attractive and do really like him. 

Tell him about the qualities he 
has that they (or yourself) may 
find attractive. 

He may have low self-confidence 
in relating to women and may 

need a friend to reassure him 
that there are actually girls out 
there who would want to go out 
with him. 

If he's having trouble, it 
honestly might be him. 

Maybe he's afraid to commit 
to a relationship right now, or 
maybe he's not putting forth the 

Or, maybe he's just focused on 
getting his degree and doesn't 
want a dating relationship to 
complicate his life right now. 

You may need to find out if he 
really wants to date at this point 
in his life. 

Some people just prefer to 
focus on school and maybe go 
out with groups of friends once 
in a while. 

If that's what he wants, don't 
push him into something else. 

Everyone moves at a different 
pace in relationships. 

CLU students, I would like to 
hear more from you on topics 
you'd like to see covered in future 

columns... questions you've been 
dying to ask or things about 
which you don't have a clue but 
would like to know about. 

They don't have to be questions 
about relationships ... you can 
ask about any aspect of college 

Just e-mail me at empeters@c or The Echo at 
echo(^ . 

You can also just drop your 
questions in the mail slot at The 
Echo office. 






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Confrontation may 
be scary, but it is 
still one of the best ways 
to share your feelings. 
Just be honest with her 
about how you feel. 



Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming come out on top 

Gallup polls 
reveal the 
happiest states 

Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming. 

What do these three states have 
in common? 

A recent poll conducted 
Gallup, in partnership 
with Healthways and 
America's Health 

Insurance Plans, 

ranked these three 
states as the happiest, 

The survey started in 
January 2008. 

I can venture a guess 
as to what you might 
be thinking right now. 

Two out of those 
three states come as 
a complete shock 

and Hawaii?). 

States were rated overall on 
criteria including mental, physical 
and economic health. 

Although, to be fair, all the states 

probably aren't very healthy when 

it comes to the economy right now. 

Utah received high marks for 

its various outdoor recreational 

activities, along with the tropical 

islands of Hawaii and 

the rugged nothingness 

of Wyoming. 

So it should come as no 
surprise that Kentucky 
ranked second to last. 

I blame the Colonel 
and his Original Recipe 
of 1 1 herbs and spices. 

Interestingly enough, 
the world's first KFC 
is located in South Salt 
Lake City, Utah. 

If you're from 
Colorado, you'll be 


(Wyoming was beat out by Utah happy to know your state came in 

at No. 4. 

It makes 

sense, most of 
the people I 
know that are 
from Colorado 
seem to be the 

This is great 
news for me 
since I'd like to live there one day. 

And rounding out the top five is 

Again, not much of a shocker. 

Let's face it, Midwesterners are 
happy folk. 

Don't worry, California. 

We are within the top 10 of the 

And by "within the top 10," I 
mean we ranked ninth. 

I'm still reeling from the fact that 
Maryland is ahead of us. 

What exactly does Maryland 
have to offer? 

Oh yeah. John Wilkes Booth and 

wo out of those 
three states come as 
a complete shock (Wyo- 
ming was beat out by 
Utah and Hawaii?). 

the first dental 
school in the 
United States. 
I kid, I kid. 
Generally, the 
highest well- 
being scores 
came from 

western states, 
while the South 
tended to have the lowest scores. 

The goal of the survey was to 
measure people's well-being, 
examining criteria such as eating 
and exercise habits, and work 

The Gallup-Healthways 

Well-Being Index also ranked 
congressional districts. 

And while money may not buy 
happiness, there's no doubt that 
money can make people happy. 

Some of the happiest 
congressional districts are also 
some of the wealthiest. 
Good news, California. 

Our state's 14"' Congressional 
District, located between San 
Francisco and San Jose, is highest 
among congressional districts. 

The survey involved more than 
350,000 interviews, with questions 
ranging from, "Did you smile or 
laugh a lot yesterday?" to "Are you 
satisfied or dissatisfied with your 
job or the work you do?" 

My favorite was, "Do you feel 
safe walking alone at night in the 
city or area where you live?" 

I guess West Virginians don't. 
They ranked dead last. 

In general, the actual difference 
between states wasn't huge. 

Utah's average score was 69.2 
points while West Virginia's was 
61.2 points. 

The survey is going to be 
generated for 25 years with the 
hopes that the data could be used 
to compare health and happiness 
by ZIP code. 

California Lutheran University 

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)ouble Header 

Let the mayhem of 
march madness begin 

By Selase Amoaku 

Echo Staff Writer 

Spring break may have ended, 
but its just starting to heat up 
as the NCAA Division I men's 
basketball tournament committee 
finalized the contenders Sunday 

Every year fans all over the 
country root on Cinderella teams 
and alma maters in hopes of 
seeing their team win the coveted 
national championship title. 

But out of the 65 when it is all 
said and done, there can only be 

The competitors are said to be 
the best in recent memory. Teams 
like Connecticut, University of 
North Carolina, Pittsburgh and 

Louisville all earned top seeds 
as was predicted by most sports 
analyst around the country. 

But opposite of the powerhouses, 
teams looking to be the next 
Cinderella squad to make it to the 
final four include Robert Morris, 
who won on a last second shot to 
clinch the northeast tourney title. 

Cal State Northridge, who beat 
Pacific in an over-time thriller. 

The Binghamton Bearcats, who 
just received their first tournament 
birth in school history. Morgan 
State, who clinched the Mid- 
Eastern Atlantic Conference title 
with a win over Norfolk. 

These Cinderella contenders will 
all be the 15 seed. 

The battle for the top will be on 
Tuesday between Alabama State 

and Morehead State. The winner 
will play No. 1 seed Louisville 
tomorrow who is out of the 
Midwest bracket. 

Brackets are going to be 
exceptionally difficult to fill out 
with so much evenly matched 
competition in the first round, but 
with so many surprise teams in the 
tournament, prepare to see more 
upsets than ever before. 

If one would like to 
participate in the madness all 
he or she would have to do is 
go online to, or to find free brackets 
pools for the upcoming tourney. 

After filling out brackets, sit back, 
relax and enjoy the show. 

2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 

Regals stay 
focused against 

By Tiffany Michaels 
Echo Staff Writer 

The ladies of the CLU water polo 
team closed out the weekend with 
a pair of wins in the Convergence 
Tournament in Pomona. 

The Regals (9-9) look to 
continue the streak when they 
play their next game against 
Whittier (5-5) on the road March 
25 at 5 pm. 

"I think we will kick off SC1AC 
really prepared and I am excited 
to see how well we do," said 
freshman Kelsey Bergemann. 

The Regals came up short to 
Bucknell, 9th, on Saturday, but 
came up with the win against 
Concordia, 10-9, that afternoon 
in Claremont. 

In the first game against 
Bucknell, Ashley Bentz, Meredith 
Butte and Joy Cyprian, Regals 
juniors, scored two goals a piece. 
Sophomore goalie Rachel Hahn 
made fives saves and three steals. 

In the second game, Butte hit a 
team-high six goals, totaling eight 
for the day. 

Hahn had six saves in the goal 
as well as an assist. On Sunday, 
they defeated Macalester (10-6) 
and Fresno Pacific (14-12) in 

"1 thought last weekend went 
great. We played seven games in 
three days which is very difficult 
but we learned a lot and grew as 
a team," said Coach Rond of the 
Women's water polo team. 

"We played some very highly 
ranked NCAA Division I teams 
in UCLA and Cal, but I thought 
the experience really helped us for 
the future." 

The Regals just recently hosted 
the CLU Spring Classic held at 
Oaks Christian School on March 
6-8th included 17 teams during 
the course of those three days. 

They finished the tournament 
with three wins of the final four 
games over Chapman, Caltech 
(SCIAC) and Villanova. 

CLU opened with a SCIAC 
victory over Caltech, 12-3 
with Christina Messer, Rachel 
Rohweller, and Tiffany Ly each 
recording hat tricks. 

The Regals defeated Chapman 
16-6 with Joy Caprian, Ashley 
Bentz, and Lauren Bridges each 
scoring three or more goals each 
to lead the CLU offense. 

The women were ' victorious 
over Villanova led by Caprian's 
four goals. Bentz, Lauren Bridges, 
Butte, Ly and Messer each scored 

The Regals came up short to UC 
Santa Cruz 10-4. 

The Regals were able to keep 
up with the Banana Slugs until 
their four goal run in the fourth 

Cal Lutheran had the chance to 
play Division I opponents, No. 
7 California, No. 12 Northridge, 
and No. 3 UCLA opening Friday, 
Saturday and Sunday. 

The Regals fell short each match 
but stayed up with the Matadors, 
falling 15-9 to open Saturday. 
They lost 17-5 to the Golden 
Bears and 22-3 to the Bruins. 

"We are able to compete with 
Division I and II teams which is 
really awesome and I am honored 
to be apart of this program," 
Bergemann said. 

Kevin Baxter 
Junior goalie Heather Bridges blocks a shot during the CLU Spring Tournament. 

March 18,2009 


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Hansen, Youngern 
shine at SCIAC 
4-way meet 

By Melissa Conway 
Echo Staff Writer 

The men and women's track and field 
teams competed in the SCIAC 4-way as 
the Regals finished in second place and 
the Kingsmen in third at Occidental 
College on Saturday. 

The meet consisted of the top four 
SCIAC teams: Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps, Occidental College, University 
of Redlands, and CLU. An outside 
competitor was Augsburg (Minn.) 

The Regals were able to get 47 points 
as they are dose to getting the SCIAC 
title for the first time in school history. 

"I think the biggest factor in order 
to beat out C-M-S is staying healthy," 
sophomore Erica Carter said "There 
are a few people who are hurt right now 
and can come up big for us and score 
points in championships." 

"As long as we stay focused, healthy 
and work hard throughout the season 
we have a good chance of beating 

Along with Carter the woman's 
throwers had a dominating meet with 
multiple top place finishers in all the 
respected events. 

In discus the Regals had strong 
placing with taking the second through 
fifth spots in the competition. In all four 
throwing events the Regals had a top six 

Junior Christa Youngern threw 1 1 feet 
over the provisional national qualifying 
mark in hammer (49. 1 1 m). 

"Last year my hammer throws were 
very inconsistent in meet situations 
and that carried over to Nationals," said 
Youngern. "I was insecure at Nationals 
because I hit the provisional mark on 
accident on a hail Mary last throw at 
finals, and I wasn't sure I belonged 

"So this year I knew consistency was 
what my focus should be. I expected 
160 in the hammer at every meet, and 
because I have accomplished that, I feel 
confident in my form." 

Senior Brett Comejo finished second 
in the women's 100-meter dash after 
she ran a 12.85 in the finals. 

She added a third place finish in the 

100-meter hurdles with a finals time 
of 16.35. 

In the triple jump junior Kourtney 
Jones fresh off basketball season, 
competed in her first meet of the season 
and finished third with a jump of 10.70 

The highlight of the day for the Regals 
was the photo finish that took place 
during the 4x100 relay with senior 
Jordan Bebber anchoring the team. 

Bebber gave a light charge down 
the home stretch to come with in .02 
seconds of edging out winner C-M-S 
at 52.07. 

The Kingsmen had 32 points, which 
was only half a point behind Occidental 
for second place. 

For the men, senior Kyle Hansen had 
three first place finishes. He won the 
110-meter hurdles (15.23), the 400- 
meter hurdles (56.54), and the long 
jump with 6.86m. 

Hansen's mark in the long jump was 
only .24cm off the NCAA Division 
ID, provisional mark to be a National 

Even with a great performance 
Hansen said, "I know that I need to 
improve in both the hurdle races in 
order to compete against the nation's 
best at the end of the year?' 

Hansen wasn't the only Kingsmen 
that was victorious on Saturday. 

Freshman Patrick Torrellas won 
the 400 meters with a time of 50.02 
seconds against a strong field that 
included fellow teammate junior Brian 
Coan who placed third with a time of 
50.94 seconds. 

Junior Chris Brouillette is continuing 
his dominate performances in the 
javelin this year by placing second with 
a throw of 55.62m (182-06 feet) behind 
defending SCIAC champion Andrew 

With this being Brouillette's first year 
competing in the javelin, the Kingsmen 
are hopeful that he can make a run for 
the first place spot when the Kingsmen 
return to Oxy for the Conference 
Championship at the end of ApriL 

The Kingsmen and Regals will return 
to action at the Point Loma Collegiate 
Scoring Meet at Point Loma Nazarene 
University on March 27-28 at 10 am 

i m 


Senior Brett Cornejo finishes third in the 100- 

Photoby Doug Rjrnett 

Junior Matt Heagy looks to follow up his All-American nomination with a SCIAC Title in his senior season, 

Heagy lands spot on 
All-American team 

Heagy looks for 
SCIAC title in 
senior campaign 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

If you've ever played a collegiate 
sport, a personal goal or dream 
is to become an All-American. 
Well what do you aspire for as a 
returning 3-time All-American? 
"A SCIAC Championship," said 
Matt Heagy, a CLU junior. 

In his third straight year, Heagy 
led the Kingsmen in scoring, 
earned All-SCIAC honors, and 
All-American honors. 

He decided to come to Cal 
Lu after looking at other 
attractive schools. Schools such 
as University of San Diego and 
Chapman were really going after 
the San Mateo native. 

"I decided to come here because 
1 really liked the campus," Heagy 
said. "I came to play water polo." 

That's what he has done, 
leading the Kingsmen to their 
best overall 
earned the 
most wins 
in school 
history, won 
the most in 
con ference 
games and 
third overall, 
school landmark 



The team's biggest 

accomplishment was beating 
Redlands who was ranked No. 1 
team in NCAA Division III. 

The SCIAC semifinal match 
ended 13-11 
and sent the 
into the 

game against 
The final score 
was a 12-9 
loss and left 
the Kingsmen 
wanting more. 

"I want to win the SCIAC 
championship," Heagy said. 

"We were a young team this 
year, and this is my last chance 
to win one." 

The Serra High graduate 
continues to weight train in the 
afternoons and hopefully can get 
a scrimmage in. 

"During the summer is really 
when the intense training 
begins," he said. 

Heagy's workout is self- 
designed by himself. 
"The only real special training 
I received was 
when I was 
a junior and 
senior in high 

I used to 
work out with 
the Stanford 
Club team who 
was coached by 
the "88 men's 
U.S. Water 

"My main focus is next 
season... We've never 
won a championship 
and that's what I want." 
— Matt Heagy 

Heagy would have the privilege 

of working out and training with 

NCAA Division I athletes when 

he was still in high school. 

He hopes to continue playing 

once he 

graduates but 

right now 

he is just 

focusing on 

winning that 


"The main 

focus is next 

season, and 

getting to 

that next 

milestone. We've never won 

a championship, that's what I 

want," he said. 

This business management 
major is working toward sending 
the team to Hawaii this summer 
for a tournament. 

"It would be real good to get 
some competition from all over," 
he said. 

"We're looking to try and 
fundraise for most of our 
expenses and pay whatever 

Any extra competition is 
good to have before the season 

Next the team will be in action 
by the gym at 5:15 a.m. when the 
team begins its practice. 

Then it's straight to class, then 
weights and back in the pool. 

For team bonding, they usually 
get together and have a team 
dinner before tournaments. 
Tourney games are usually 
scheduled on Friday, Saturday 
and Sundays. 

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March 18.2009 

Baseball earns No. 17 ranking in nation 

Hartmann's four 
homeruns fuel 
sweep of East Bay 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

Spring break was anything but 
relaxing for the Cal Lutheran 
baseball team, as the Kingsmen 
played seven games in nine days 
and traveled up to the Bay Area 
this past weekend. 

They won five of the seven 
during that stretch, bringing 
their overall record to 15-3 with 
a little more than half the season 
still to play. Their record in 
SCI AC play is 5-1. 

This weekend the Kingsmen 
host two teams from New Jersey. 
They will face the Rutgers- 
Camden Scarlet Raptors on 
Friday at 2:30 p.m., and the 
Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders 
in a doubleheader starting at 1 1 
a.m. on Saturday. 

The Kingsmen started their 
busy week by splitting a two- 
game series with the Chapman 
Panthers, with losing 9-2 and 
winning 11-4. 

They concluded the first 
weekend with a loss to the Ithaca 
f N.Y.) Bombers by a score of 8-3 
and a victory over the HendrLx 
(Ariz.J Warriors, 4-3. 

Head coach Marty Slimak 
believes that intensity is the most 
important factor in his team's 


"I don't think our effort was 
great the first game against 
Chapman or against Ithaca and 
we lost both games," Slimak said. 

"But if this team comes to play 
every game there aren't going to 
be a lot of other teams that can 
beat us." 

Apparently the team was 
prepared for their long road trip 
up to Cal State East Bay, as the 
Kingsmen swept the Pioneers in 
a three-game set. 

CLU won 9-2 on Friday, and 
defeated the Pioneers 5-4 in 10 
innings and 6-5 on Saturday in a 
game shortened by darkness. 

"These road trips make you 
mentally tougher," Slimak said. 
"And it's always fun to bring 
the guys on a long trip. It gives 
them a chance to get away and 
to bond." 

Junior Paul Hartmann has hit 
six home runs since March 6, 
including four in the East Bay 
series alone. 

Junior Jordan Ott has four 
home runs in that stretch, and 
the most crucial was a two-run 
blast in the eighth inning against 
Hendrix with the Kingsmen 
trailing by one. 

Though the Warriors tied the 
game, the Kingsmen won in the 
ninth when a passed ball allowed 
freshman Wes Garwood to score 
from third. 

"We have a saying that 'Seven, 
eight, nine is Kingsmen time'," 
Slimak said. "We always- tell each 
other that even if we're behind, 


right-hander Chase Tigert is 4-0 on the season for the Kingsmen 

as long as we can bring the tying 
run to the plate then we are in 
the ball game." 

The starting 
enjoyed an 
im p r essive 
weekend up 
north, each 
pitching six 
solid innings 
in their 


Junior left- 
hander Greg Gelber allowed only 
one run on Friday. 

Senior right-hander Mike Roe 
gave up only one earned run 
on Saturday, while junior right- 
hander Chase 
Tigert followed 
that up with 
seven strikeouts 
and no runs in 
his appearance. 
The team was 
also happy to 
see the return 
of senior Nick 
The center 
most of the 
games with a 

"If the team comes to 
play every game there 
aren't going to be a lot 
of other teams that can 
beat us." 

— Marty Slimak 

fielder missed 
previous five 

of Kevin Baxter 

hamstring injury, but returned to 
the starting lineup and knocked 
in four runs over the weekend. 

"It felt great to get back on the 
field," Pinneri said. "I don't think 
I could have waited any longer. I 
want to be out there to help my 
team win." 

Though he feels he could have 
performed even better, Pinneri 
agrees with his coach in that the 
most important part of the game 
is the end result. 

"There were some key spots 
where I would have liked to get 
a hit," he said, "hut I'm just glad 
we swept." 

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California Lutheran University 

Volume 53, Number 6 

March 25, 2009 

Choir returns home for concert 

By Kelsey McBride 
Echo Staff Writer 

Instead of relaxing over spring 
break like most students, the CLU 
choir took a bus along the West 
Coast and had a busy schedule 
performing in Fullerton, Glendale, 
Bakersfield, Palo Alto, Chico, 
Eugene, Ore., Tacoma, Wash., and 
flew back to Thousand Oaks to 
perform the annual Home Concert 
in the Samuelson Chapel. 

"It was really exhausting but so 
much fun,"said junior Katey Wade, 
Regals Quartet member. "I wouldn't 
have wanted to be anywhere else for 
spring break." 

The concert tour locations vary 
each year including the international 
tours. Last year they traveled along 
the East Coast and had the privilege 
to perform in Avery Fisher Hall at 
the Lincoln Center in New York 
City. Internationally, the choir has 
traveled to Sweden, Italy, Norway 
and England. 

Singing selections from all different 
eras, the program was eclectic with 
innovative modern music, gospel 
songs and songs of love, grief, family 
and spirituals. 

The concert featured different 
composers including Poston, Sisask, 
Britten, Gilkyson, Jansson, Holmes, 
Eric Whitacre, Dubinsky and 

"My favorite songs are the ones 
by Eric Whitacre because they're so 
ethereal and really seem to send you 
to a higher place-only great music 
can do that," Wade said. "I also 
loved performing 'To the Mothers in 
Brazil: Salve Regina' because we have 
some percussion and we could really 
move and get into the piece." 

The choir sang" Lux Aurumque,""A 
Boy and a Girl" and "the Sea Lullaby" 
by Whitacre. "Lux Aurumque" had 
beautiful harmonies and received 
a very positive response from the 

The choir is very dedicated and 
has been practicing the songs 
performed since the beginning of 
the fall semester in class with Dr. 
Wyant Morton and in the students 
spare time. 

He has been a CLU faculty 
member for 17 years and was voted 
Professor of the Year in 2001. He 
is a professor of music, director of 
Choral Activities and chairman of 
the music department. 

"Professor Wyant Morton brings 
extraordinary talent and passion to 
his direction of the choir," said Dr. 
Chris Kimball, university president 

The choir sang some songs in their 
original languages such as "To the 
Mothers in Brazil: Salve Regina" by 
Jansson which was sung in Latin. 

"Learning songs in different 
languages has never been a 

The last stop for CLU's choir tour is the Home Concert in Samuelson Chapel 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 

problem.," junior Steven Newman 
said. "Some languages are a bit more 
difficult than others (like Polish 
which I remember doing freshman 
year), but because most languages 
are phonetic and it's written out in 
syllables it's fairly simple." 

"To be honest with you, I don't 
usually know where one word ends 
and the other begins. But if we 
follow Dr. Morton and phrase the 

line correctly, it turns out just fine." 

The choir sells CDs that can be 
purchased in the bookstore or music 
house on campus and the money 
goes to the choir fund for their 
music, equipment and choir tours. 

"I feel like the concert went really 
well. I studied abroad last semester 
so I came in and was blown away 
by how great the choir sounded. 
The men are so strong this year and 

everyone is really passionate about 
CLU choir - it was the best home 
concert Pve ever been a part of?' 
Wade said. 

The home concert had a 
successful turnout with a large 
amount of people attending from 
the local comrhunity to support 
the CLU choir. The next concert 
is the University Wind Ensemble 
tomorrow at 8 p.m. 

Neilson happy to be new provost 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

Dr. Leanne Neilson will be 
replacing Dr. Chris Kimball as 
CLU's provost and vice president 
for Academic Affairs. 

"During this time when the 
global economic crisis makes 
stability essential to keeping CLU 
growing in academic quality, 
Leanne promises to bring the 
necessary consistency to the role, 
' along with knowledge of— and 
devotion to— the institution," said 
Kimball in his announcement of 
Neilson as provost. 

"I am so excited for the future 
of Cal Lutheran," Neilson said. 
"Things are going so well and I 
am so glad to be apart of it." 

With her new role comes new 
responsibilities, and for Neilson it 

has a bit of a balancing act. 

"Right now, I am kind of wearing 
two hats," she said regarding her 
role as the provost. 

Part of her job involves day 
to day activities, dealing with 
academic affairs, including 
appeals, policies, contracts and 
faculty development. 

"Keeping up with student 
programming and main- 
taining the same sense of 
community will be essen- 
tial to its success." 

— Dr. Leanne Neilson 

The other part has to do with 
the leadership and strategic vision 
for the academic programs of the 

This involves representing the 

university as £ 


our critical goals such as improved 



strategic plans, 

Kimball said. 

others to help 
move the 
institution to 


With her vision 
of moving the 
university to the 
next level and 

the next level 
and being a 
leader to the 


her excitement 
for the future, 
Neilson has 

"Leanne will 


set goals for 
herself and for 

help us realize 


the campus 

our vision 
and achieve 
the goals 
outlined in the 


Her specific 
goals for the 


Dr. Leanne Neils* 


Programs at CLU 
include a total 

plan. In particu 
implementing t 
needed to raise 
academic profile 

ar, this means 
lose strategies 
the university's 
while achieving 

the C 
the st 

tion an 
ore 21 

d enhancement of 
plus a review of 
requirements and 
ing of the Honors 


Summer school will also be at 
the top of the list. 

"We want the same environment 
and experience during the 
summer," she said. 

"Keeping up with student 
programming and maintaining 
the same sense of community will 
be essential to its success." 

As for the future of CLU in such 
tough, economic times Neilson 
says the university is going to stay 
"cautiously optimistic." 

"We have no intentions of laying 
off staff or closing programs," 
Neilson said. 

"CLU has been fortunate in this 
tough economy and we're doing 
remarkably well. It's a testament 
of the university and the wise 
decisions that are being made." 


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Rugby conquer 
Fullerton for 
playoff bid. 

Baseball looks 
to bounce 
back with 
familiar foe. 

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California Lutheran University 

March 25, 2009 

SWAT moves to Palm Springs 

Spring break 
festivities change due 
to terror in Mexico 


By Jonathan McDermott 

Echo Staff Writer 

For those certain spring 
break enthusiasts from Cal 
Lutheran who were hoping 
to soak up the sunshine in 
towns like Cancun and San 
Felipe, they were redirected 
from the white sand beaches 
in Mexico to the pool parties 
of Palm Springs. 

The reasoning behind th 
has to do with 
the ongoing 
drug wars 

the Mexican 
has been 

dealing with 
over the last 
15 months. 

drug wars 
have caused 
the United 
States State 

to issue a blanket "travel 
alert" which provides U.S. 
citizens with a warning about 

ne day spring 
breakers will be 
able to return to the 
sunny weather and 
sandy beach of coastal 
Mexico but hopefully 
not at the expense of any 
college student's safety. 

the dangers of travelling and 
inside Mexico 
during these 








Also, these 
war zones 
often lie 

in close 

proximity to 
areas, which 
gives way to 
about the safety of spring 
breaking in Mexico. 

The current dangers in 
Mexico of the drug wars have 
led the death toll to rise into 
the thousands. 

Although, like many college 
students, their worries were 
not focused on the stability 
of the Mexican government 
but whether their much- 
needed spring break was 

Their minds were put 
at rest by the staff of the 

SWAT Team, LLC, which is 
a acronym for Summer and 
Winter Action Tours. 

This company hosts 
college students and other 
customers on various trips 
and vacations around the 
glo\>e that focus on the 
travel, entertainment and 
action sports industries. 

The SWAT staff issued this 
statement via their Web site 
to let all upcoming spring 
breakers know that although 
their trip would not be in 
Mexico this year everything 
was still going according to 

The statement read: "SWAT 
has always been about the 
safety and well-being of 
our customers and friends 
and San Felipe is one of the 
safest destinations in all of 
Baja California and Mexico. 
However, because so many of 
our existing customers and 
their families are concerned 
by the recent Mexico travel 
alerts issued by various 
agencies, SWAT has made 

the decision to provide our 
customers with peace of 
mind for their SWAT Spring 
Break 2009 experience." 

This peace of mind took 
form in the relocating of 
this year's spring break from 
Mexico to Palm Springs. 

Even though the location 
had changed, everything else 

Returning home from study 
abroad can be a hard transition 

By Emily Peterson 

Echo Staff Writer 

Students who study abroad 
used to only be prepared 
for the transition of living 
in another country, but now place because it is hard for 

bothered by the amount of 
waste in the United States or 
the abundance of supplies 
many Americans take for 
Students can feel out of 

students are also being helped 
with the effects of returning 
home to what can seem like a 
different world. 

The transition back into the 
United States can be just as 
difficult as the transition into 
another country. 

The Study Abroad Center opportunity to learn on one's 
has created new ways of own. 

outsider to understand 
a study abroad student's 

The only way to truly 
understand the lifestyle 
of another country is to 
experience the customs 
first hand and to have the 

"As we send students to more 

diverse places, the need for 

re-entry orientation probably 


dealing with this reverse 
culture shock. 

"When students return, the 
Study Abroad 
Center has 

a welcome 

back banquet 
within the first 
month of the 
semester," said 
senior Andrew 
Aguiniga, a 

student worker 
at the Study 
Abroad Center. 

"All the students who 
studied abroad are invited, California Universities have 
including alumni who went organized consultations to 
abroad." help students get the most 

Reverse culture shock is the out of their experiences when 
second biggest issue next to abroad, 
culture shock. When a student becomes 

Students can become adapted to certain customs, it 

"To see your family 
again is kind of surreal 
and you have changed so 
much from the experi- 

— Lauren Anderson 

CLU along 

said the 
of study 
abroad at 
CLU, Lisa 
L o b e r g , 
to the 

with other 

can be difficult to change the 
student's mentality even after 
being away for only a short 
amount of time. 

Lauren Anderson, a 

junior at CLU, who spent a 
semester at sea in the fall of 
2007 said, "I think it is hard 
to separate from the people 
that you have spent four 
months with." 

The Study Abroad Center 
welcomes students to share 
their stories and find other 
study abroad students to 
relate to who have undergone 
similar experiences. 

Many students who travel 
abroad find themselves 
wanting to find others to 
share their stories. 

"To see your family again is 
kind of surreal and you have 
changed so much from the 
experience," Anderson said. 

"Others that stayed 

home don't have the same 
experience as you and can't 
relate so you really rely 
on your friends that you 
traveled with." 
Andrew Aguiniga studied 
abroad in Salzburg, Austria 
in 2007 and mentioned there 
are study abroad mentors 
available to help students 
determine where they want to 
travel in their destination of 
choice and how to take care of 
themselves when abroad. 

March 25, 2009 


Teachers targeted 
in state budget cuts 

The Echo - Page 3 

By Kailee Loughlin 
Echo Staff Writer 

Letters went out to 9,000 
educational staff members in the 
Los Angeles District last Wednesday 
regarding the possibility of losing 
their jobs due to the crippling 
economy. The Los Angeles Board of 
Education approved the distribution 
of the initial layoff notices. 

According to a Los Angeles Times 
article, the board "approved sending 
letters to about 2,000 permanent 
elementary school teachers and 
about 3,500 probationary teachers." 
The remainder of the notices were 
sent to faculty, counselors and 

"What is unusual this year is the 
large number of preliminary pink 
slips that were issued," said Dr. 
Carol Bartell, Dean and professor 
for the School of Education at CLU. 

"This will, of course, have an 
impact on schools. K-12 schools 
are trying to absorb more than $8 
billion in state funding cuts. This 
includes increasing class size and 
reducing programs and services as 
a way to absorb cuts." 

Being the second largest school 
system in the nation, the board 
must approve all terminations 

by this June before any layoffs 
actually happen. 

President Obama said in a 
speech given at the U.S. Hispanic 
Chamber of Commerce in 
Washington last week that he 
believes education has lost its true 
meaning and that it needs to get 
back on the right track. 

"Despite resources that are 
unmatched anywhere in the 
world, we've let our grades slip, 
our schools crumble, our teacher 
quality fall short and other 
nations outpace us," Obama said. 
"What's at stake is nothing less 
than the American dream." 

In an education plan that 
Obama unveiled, he specifically 
targeted the improvement of early 
childhood education programs, 
superior standards of education 
for primary and high school levels, 
better teacher pay and recruitment 
and a more affordable price tag to 
those who wish to go to college. 

"I have been in education for 
many years and have seen the 
demand for teachers go up and 
down over time," Dr. Bartell said. 
"However, this is still one job that 
can't very well be 'outsourced. 1 
Nor can the teacher be replaced 
by technology. In the long run, 

there will continue to be a demand 
for highly qualified, dedicated 

She also participates in a 
workshop sponsored by the Ventura 
County Office of Education. This 
workshop is geared toward helping 
teachers and prospective teachers 
deal with potential cutbacks. 

"We are also encouraging them 
to think about areas of teaching 
that continue to be in demand, 
such as special education and 
math and science. We will be 
providing information about how 
they can enhance their skills and 
marketability," Bartell said. 

In a USA Today article, the 
recently signed $787 billion 
stimulus bill includes "$41 
billion total grants to local school 

"It is time to prepare every child, 
everywhere in America, to out- 
compete any worker, anywhere in 
the world," Obama said. 

"It is time to give all Americans 
a complete and competitive 
education from the cradle up 
through a career. . . America's entire 
education system must once more 
be the envy of the world, and that's 
exactiy what we intend to do." 

marijuana help 
California s 
budget deficit? 

Marijuana brings 
in $14 billion a 
year in sales 

By Aaron Hilf 

Echo Staff Writer 

With the U.S economy quickly 
plummeting to new lows, 
California is getting creative with 
its possible revenue sources. 

Last month state Assemblyman 
Tom Ammiano(D-San Francisco) 
introduced legislation that would 
legalize marijuana and make it 
possible for the state to regulate 
and tax the sale of it. 

"With any revenue ideas, people 
say you have to think outside the 
box, you have to be creative," 
Ammiano said, as reported by 
The Malaysian 
"I feel that the issue of the 
decriminalization, regulation 
and taxation of marijuana fits 
that bill." 

As California's biggest cash 
crop, marijuana brings in $14 
billion a year in sales, and could, 
if legalized, bring in an estimated 
$1.3 billion a year in revenue for 
the state through different taxes 
applied to its sale. 

"There are definitely revenue 
possibilities for the state," said Dr. 
Jamshid Damooei, a professor of 
economics at CLU. 

"But it is not entirely about 
having the money, but how the 
state uses it." 
If the legislation is passed 
Marijuana Control, Regulation 
and Education Act) it would give 
the state control of the substance 
in similar ways they have control 
of alcohol, by prohibiting its use 
to those under 21. 
The money made would come 

from a $50/oz charge on the retail 
sale of pot and an increased sales 
tax on the product. 

Damooei said he- believes 
that among other uses for 
the money made through the 
decriminalization of marijuana, 
the state must use a portion of 
the revenue for drug education 
and drug treatment. 

"It must be made sure that it is 
considered and treated as a public 
health issue," he said. 

Many also believe that due to 
the legalization of marijuana 
people will take the drug less 
serious and be more inclined to 
use it. 

"Although I am not against the 
decriminalization of marijuana, 
I do not believe that it should 
be thought of as the way to save 
California's economy," Damooei 
said. "It makes it seem as though 
it is encouraging the use, when it 
is really not." 

The legalization would also free 
up funds in other areas of the 
states budget. 

If legalized there would no 
longer be money spent on 
arresting and jailing non-violent 

This would free up an estimated 
$1 billion a year and with 
the revenue would create an 
estimated total of $2.3 billion a 
year in money the state could use 
in other facets of the budget. 

"I don't think that it will be a 
problem," said junior Jennifer 

"It is easy enough to get now, 
and with the money it will bring 
in, the state will be benefiting 
from it." 

Although the legislation has 
been put forth, Ammiano does 
not think it will be up for voting 
for another year. So we will have 
to wait to see what happens. 

California Lutheran University 

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March 25, 2009 

Around the Campus 

March 25 

March 26 

March 27 



March 28 

A School for the Kids in the Bush 
Fundraiser for ACM Ministries 
of Uganda 

California Pizza Kitchen 

The Need: Ryan McDermott 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

Artists in Residence Lecture 
and Reception 

6 p.m. Kwan Fong Gallery 

Red, White and Blue: The 
Americana Experience 
University Wind Ensemble 

8 p.m. The Ronald Reagan 
Presidential Library and Museum 

CSI Day 

CSI with the FBI 

9 a.m. Pavilion 

Gustavus Adolphus 
College Choir 

7 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 



March 29 


March 30 



March 3 1 

Next week on campus 

Made in LA 

LASO presents Encuentros Week 

6 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Not for Sale's Backyard 
Abolitionist Tour 

6 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Salsa Dance Night 

6 p.m. Soiland Recreation Center 












Top 40's Hip-Hop Every Saturday @9P.M. 

With DJ Kryponite 

CLU Students Get In FREE! 

Date: March 31st Place: Chapel 
Time: 6 p.m. 

California Lutheran University 

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March 25, 2009 

Page 5 

Students celebrate in color 

Vibrant shades of color saturate participants of a traditional Indian holiday, Holi 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

A light drizzling rain falls 
from the sky but the students 
couldn't care less. They are too 
busy spraying one another with 
bright reds' and purples out 
of supersoaker water guns in 
celebration of Holi, an Indian 
festival sponsored by the India 
Club in Kingsmen Park. 

"People in India celebrate Holi 
by making a sad day into a happier 
one with colors," said Anand 
Murgand, the president of the 
India Club. 

Celebrated every year in India, 
Holi is not only culturally 
significant but also mythologically, 
socially and biologically important. 
It stems from the legend of the 
Hindu gods Radha and Krishna. 
As a prank, Krishna painted 
Radha with vibrant colors. This 
act turned popular and is now a 
part of the Holi festivities. 

It also works to bring society 
together and to strengthen the 
secular fabric of the world. 
Anybody can celebrate so long as 
you leave the drama at the door. 
On this day, everyone is an equal 
and the barriers between friends 
and enemies are broken. 

"I'm Indian and I celebrate it 
like an Indian festival. I just joined 
CLU this semester and I'm happy 
to be here " graduate student Aarti 
Bangali said. 

Large Holi celebrations take place all over the world like this one in New York City. 

Senior Josie Santiago adds, "I'm 
here to support my friends in the 
India Club." 

Junior Mari Staromsvag is 
president of the Multicultural 
Programs group who worked to 
put the event together with the 

India Club. Each year the group 
has one event for the Fall and 
Spring semesters on campus. 
During the fall, they celebrate 
Diwali, the festival of light. 

"We have a lot of people not 
in the India Club who show up," 

Staromsvag said on this year's 

International student Ashwin 
Govindrajan said, "We should 
have ordered more colors." 

Biologically, Holi's use of 
spraying watercolor is said to 

Photo by Mario TamaVGelty Images 

have great benefits. When the 
dye touches the skin and enters 
the pores, it strengthens the ions 
and adds health and beauty to 
the skin. 

"I had green parts of the body 
last year," Staromsvag jokes. 

Couple takes up residence in gallery 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

The screeching of drill saws 
echoing throughout the empty 
front hall of the Kwan Fong 
Art Gallery building presents 
a rather strange sight. Piles 
of sanded wood ready to be 
assembled into work desks and 
clusters of mismatched lamps 
are gathered by the entrance 
doors of the Soiland Humanities 

Video installations are ready to 
dominate the campus as part of 
the newest Artists in Residence 
exhibit running from now until 
April 5. 

Created by Providence 
residents Megan and Murray 
McMillan, the artists are 
presenting a large scale video 
installation exhibition of a man 
walking around, moving the 
various lamps. 

"We like to have people 
interacting in space as though 
it's not there," Megan said on the 
pieces that she and her husband 
Murray have carefully crafted. 

New Work, the tentative tide 

for lamp video installation, is a 
project the McMillans have been 
working on for five months. 

The lamps were chosen because 
each lamp is an individual with 
its own personality. Like people, 
these lamps have light bulbs 
which represent ideas. Once 
they are lit, the lamps hold a 

has famously included The 
Listening Array, in which a staged 
dinner party is surrounded by 
over a hundred 4-foot-long 
golden pipe tubes. Off to the 
side, a group of ordinary people 
watch the diners every move. 

"Their work is fantastic," said 

chair of the art department 

Michael Pearce 


"We are not 
interested in 
getting answers 
as much as 
Megan said 
about the 



combine video technology with 
installation art. Eighty-five 
lamps will fill the space having 
traveled from Rhode Island. New 
Work will play at a continuous 
loop all day with ambient sound 
in the background 

"We like to build these 
environments that are very 
unusual," Megan said. 

The McMillans' previous work 

"[The McMillans'] work 
is fantastic. It's fasci- 
nating to see How they 
intermingle the perfor- 
mance and installation 
parts together." 

— Michael Pearce 

One might 

about the 

"It is always 
changing. It's 
fascinating to 
see how they 
intermingle the 
and installation 
parts together." 
wonder where 

video installation art will go in 
the long run. 

"I think it's at a checkered past 
because it doesn't have a natural 
place to see it," Murray said. 

At less than two minutes per 
video with minimal, if any 
dialogue, video installation is 
considered too short for film but 
perfect for online video streamer 

YouTube, which according to 
Murray, "changes the way people 
approach art" because it is 
inexpensive to create. 

"We will see a new era in video 
art that is going to explode." 

The McMillan duo will continue 
to electrify the world with their 
next piece appearing in the State 

Museum of Contemporary Art 
at the Thessaloniki Biennale in 
Greece. They will also present 
a showing at the Art Athina 
International Art Fair and also at 
a gallery in Berlin this fall. 

Opening night for the reception 
will be tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. 
Admission is free. 

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March 25, 2009 

Students plan future with clothing line 

By Jen Reissman 

Echo Staff Writer 

Maxx Buchanan and Ryan 
Kolb, two students at CLU, have 
decided that they do not want 
to spend life after graduation 
working behind a desk. Rather, 
they would 
like to spend 
time working 
and designing 
new T-shirts 
and other 

apparel for 
their clothing 
line, Feral 


"Since day 
one at CLU, 

I've never really known exactly 
what I wanted to do after I 
graduate. Now I finally feel like 
I know what I'm going to do," 
Buchanan said. 

The idea for Feral Threads 
started out as just something 
to cure winter-break boredom. 
After making a few shirts they 
saw how unique they were and 
realized that something big 
could actually come from this. 
They decided to further their 


The word feral, which means, 
"to return to one's natural, wild 
state; as from domestication," 
was not readily decided upon. 

"We had a lot of trouble 

finding a name for the company 

that fit the look that we were 

going for 

and that was 

not already 


Feral pretty 

much fell into 

our lap after 

I read it in a 

magazine one 

day," Buchanan 


While trying 

to decide upon a name, the two 

resorted to somewhat desperate 

measures in order to get the 

company going. 

"We had so much trouble 
trying to figure out a name we 
even put a posting on Facebook 
that offered free T-shirts to 
the person who could come 
up with a name that we liked," 
Kolb said. 

The shirts are heavily 
influenced by a surf type 

"I want people to see a 
shirt that's completely 
outrageous and recog- 
nize it as Feral Threads." 

— Maxx Buchanan 

of look that features color 
schemes and designs that have 
an 80's-retro feel. They use 
homemade stencils to create 
the designs on the shirts and 
then spray fluorescent spray 
paint over the stencils to create 
the designs. 

"Their stuff is really 
original and stands out 
more than a lot of the 
stuff you see in clothing 
stores right now," said 
CLU sophomore Whitney 

The spray paint thing 
is working for them right 
now, but Buchanan has 
bigger plans for Feral 
Threads in the future. 

"We've been using spray 
paint and stencils to make 
a few shirts here and there, 
but eventually we are going 
to have our shirts screen- 
printed with many more 
designs and Feral's logo," 
Buchanan said. 

For now, Feral Threads is 
a work in progress because 
Buchanan and Kolb are 
trying to focus on school and 
graduating in the spring of 

2010. Classes and homework 

Maxx Buchanan 

spending the time that is 
needed to get the company 
going in full force. 
"I don't want Feral to fall 
into the same category as 
all of the other surf style 
clothing lines that are in 
the mainstream market 
right now," Buchanan 
said. "Even though 
these companies 
are extremely 

successful, I 

want our stuff to 
stand out and be 
completely original. 
I want people to 
see a shirt that's 
completely outrageous 
and recognize it as 
Feral Threads." 
Those who are 
interested in the shirts 
that Feral Threads has 
available now can expect 
much more to come from 
clothing company 
including denim, shorts, 
swim suits, board shorts and 

"I don't want Feral to be 
only shirts. I want to do it all," 
Buchanan said. 

March 25, 2009 


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Music Column: 

Hollywood Undead 

By Desi D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

I always love something new 
and creatively complex, especially 
when it comes to my music. It's 
rather intriguing when I find 
artists that can create something 
unique in more than just one 
way. Granted that most things 
in life are in some way unique, 
there are things that are just so 
obviously original that it cannot 
go unnoticed. All of the bands 
that I have discussed thus far, 
and will continue to talk about, 
in some way are those profound 
originals in life. Pleasant 
listening, ladies and gents. Besos! 

Artist to Watch: 
Hollywood Undead 

California Lutheran University, 
please welcome to the stage the 
sick styling and vicious vibes 
of Hollywood Undead. The 
Hollywood based group recently 
began gaining recognition. It is 
getting radio play now with the 
first single, "Undead," off of its 
debut album and is even featured 
on MTV. 

Hollywood Undead is a group 
of six distinctively masked 
males that grew up in the heart 
of Hollywood, which it makes 
apparent in its songs. Charlie 
Scene,. J-Dog, Da Kurlzz, Deuce* 
Funny Man and Johnny 3 Tears, 
as they are known, make up 
Hollywood Undead. Their music 
is a collaboration of hip-hop, 
rock and metal, which seems to 
be a huge metaphor for the city in 
which they find their inspiration. 

HU formed in 2005, meaning 
it is still a relatively new group, 
but do not let that deceive 
you. Myspace has given many 
opportunities for unsigned artists 
to step on the map and begin to 
share with the world the music 
they have created. 

Although Hollywood Undead 
just released its first album in late 
2008, it has been growing on fans 
through its profile on Myspace 
and owes a lot of recognition to 
the medium. 

Hollywood Undead at one 
time was one of the most viewed 
unsigned artists on Myspace, 
which led to Myspace Records 
signing the group in 2005. After 

leaving Myspace Records the 
group signed with A&M/ Octone 
Records, which produced its first 
album "Swan Songs." 

This is an amazing album. I have 
listened to the group since 2006 
and I already love half the album 
due to the old songs that HU used 
to put this record together. The 
first single that it has released, 
"Undead," is a crazy upbeat 
song with a hardcore vibe and 
sickly powerful lyrics, screaming 
sporadically throughout the song. 
The whole song just gets you 
amped up to do something 
forcefully. "Sell Your Soul" has a 
more dark tone to the music, but is 
accompanied with brilliant lyrics. 
To no surprise, the fifth song on 
the album, "No. 5," is an extremely 
vulgar anthem to partying and the 
Hollywood scene. 

This naughty song is a perfect 
song to get ready to right before 
going out on the town. It is fresh, 
upbeat and fun. "No. 5" finds a 
familiar old friend in the song 
"Black Dahlia ." 

Both of these songs were 
released before "Swan Songs" was 
even a thought, but were recorded 
and added onto the album. "Black 
Dahlia" is one of my favorite songs 
by Hollywood Undead. 

The song is about a relationship, 
which we can all relate to, but it's 
.the power behind their wordsand 
the pain that you can actually feel 
while listening to it that really 
drives it home for me. The music 
is especially dark and the way HU 
sings is partly a singing cry and 
the other is singing in a painful 

In addition to the debut album 
"Swan Songs," the group had 
put together a demo CD that 
contained some songs that did 
not make it onto the album. 
Although the songs did not find 
a place on the record, I still think 
one in particular deserves to be 
mentioned. "A Knife Called Lust" 
is a wonderfully- written song 
and a creative mixture of string 
instruments and hip-hop beats 
with the beautifully contrasting 
combination of screaming and 
singing (the voice in the chorus is 
extremely well done). 

This song found a common 
ground for hardcore, hip-hop, 
strings and lyrics to flow so 

evenly. "Scene For Dummies" 
is a hilarious song that is pretty 
much a guide on how to be seen 
in Hollywood. 

It is poking fun at Myspace, Tila 
Tequila and, on top of that, letting 
you know what the band's lifestyle 
is like. The other songs that I 
did not mention are awesome in 
many different ways as well. 

Hollywood Undead is now on 
its "Saints and Sinners Tour" with 
Senses Fail, Haste The Day, and 
Brokencyde. It is traveling all over 
the globe to share with the world 
what it has to offer. As for you 
guys, go onto and 
listen to its stuff and if you like it, 
go out and buy the debut album 
"Swan Songs" in stores now. To 
learn more about the group and 
its upcoming events, you can find 
it on Myspace or on its official 
Web site 

HU may be new to the game, 
but it has mastered it in an 
outstanding amount of time. I 
think it is its interesting sound, 
thought provoking messages, 
clever combos, sarcastic (almost 
satirical) tone and extremely 
witty lyrics that make Hollywood 
Undead the artist to watch. 

My Favorite HU album: "Swan 
Songs"(that's kind of a given) 

My Favorite -HU songs; "My 
Black Dahlia " "No. 5,"- "Undead" 
and "A Knife Called Lust" 

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April - 

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4-8 p.m. Bamboozle Left 
(Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 
in Irvine) 

5-6 p.m. Saints and Sinners 
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Rihanna and Chris Brown... 
the Octomom...the economy. 

Sick of hearing about these 

I know I am. 

First of all, let's talk about 
Rihanna and Chris 

Now, there are 
the skeptics who 
think that this didn't 
happen, and, while 
this could be true, 
there sure seems to 
be a lot of talk for 
nothing to have gone 

But I wasn't there, 
so I have no idea 

what's true and what 


As for Rihanna going back with 
Chris Brown, again I don't know 
why she would, and frankly it's 
none of our business. 

If you really want to get in to 
it, it's probably the battered-wife 

Frankly, their private lives are 
none of our business. 

I mean, honestly, people get 
abused all the time, as sad as 
that is to say. 

But, we hear about it because 
they're celebrities? Great. 

Why is that news when all the 
other abuse that goes on rarely 

Isn't abuse bad for anyone who 
is abused? 
Now for the "Octomom." 

You do realize if the 
doctor hadn't put all 
the eggs in her, we 
would have never 
heard about her. 

She maybe would 
have had eight kids 
total instead of 14. 

Ultimately it is the 
doctor's fault. 

She already had 
six kids, some with 
disabilities, and now 

— you're putting eight 

eggs in her? 
Wow, smart one. 
I understand how she didn't 
want to waste the eggs, and did 
not believe in that, but at the 
same time, she could have found 
someone to take them. 

There's a need for egg donors all 
the time. 

14 kids are just way too many 

for anyone, but for a single 

mother with no job? 

This is a problem. 

There should be some ethical 

guidelines that require fertility 

clinics to look at the whole 
family situation. 

I'm all for equal opportunity, 
but there has to be some 
common sense, too. 

As far as the economy goes, yes, 
we know it sucks, and yes, we're 
in a recession, and, yes, I am 
aware that the next two classes 
to graduate will have problems 
finding jobs. 

Thank you news stations for 
continually reminding us that 
the economy sucks. 

That's just not news anymore. 
The economy is important to 
keep track of and we do have the 
right to know about it. 

However, when you rehash that 
it's terrible over and over again, 
it just gets old. 

Why not 
focus instead 
on stories of 
ways people 
are coping and 
still finding 
ways to have a 
good life? 

Or maybe, 
look at some 
good things 

that can come out of the people 
and companies needing to 

I understand how she 
didn't want to waste 
the eggs, and did not 
believe in that, but at 
the same time, she could 
have found someone to 
take them. 

rethink the way they do things. 

Give us some new news. ..not 
just the same old lines about how 
bad everything is and how it's all 
Wall Street's or the government's 

I'm sick and tired of hearing 
about these things. 

Do news stations really have to 
keep harping on them over and 
over again? 

Why can't they do stories on 
things that have more effects on 
the average viewer's life? 

Where's the substance to the 

I'm not sure how to get this to 

change — they say celebrity sells 

and it's all about the ratings. 

But has any station recently 

tried putting 

out a more 


relevant news 


They might 
be surprised at 
the following 
they could 


Granted, I do 
love some good 
celebrity gossip, 
but enough is enough. 
We need something new. 

Stressed to the max 

Tips on how to 
eliminate end-of- 
the-year stress 

School got you down? Try 
something new. 

In the midst of college coming 
to a close, I find myself stressing 
out beyond what my body can 

This is not a sarcastic comment, 
when I'm stressed I usually don't 
realize it until I've hit a breaking 
point or my body breaks out in 
some sort of rash. 
Eww, I know. 

I don't think I'm 
alone in this feeling, 
and many of you may 
not realize you're 
under as much stress as 
you think. 

As full-time students, 
and most with jobs it 
is extremely difficult 
to find time to try new 
ways to relieve stress. 

I thought 1 would do 

some research on good 

ways to relieve stress for myself, 

and share them with you. 

Here are the main points I 
have come up with from what I 

According to the U.S. Consensus 
of 2008, the most common causes 
of stress for college students 

include: academic pressures, 
social stress and miscellaneous 
stress that may consist of 
money, family or career issues. 

In order to lower and manage 
stress levels, it is important 
to know where it is stemming 

Any of the things above may 
be supplying stress, but it is 
vital to target which particular 
area in your life is affected the 

I can't give any advice on how 
to figure out the exact origin of 
your stress, but I would start 
by making a list of 
concerns that you 
face daily. 

Now that you have 
an idea of what is 
pressing on you, 
think about your 
usual activities. 

It may be good to try 

something completely 

different, if these no 

longer work. 

Three of the most 

productive things I 

found were: 
•Exercise and a healthy 
balanced diet. 

Attend one of the classes at 
the fitness ce'nter, followed by a 
healthy meal. 

Or take a jog to Wildwood, 
and then a hike. 
Once you've finished go 

to Trader Joes, pick up the 
newsletter, and try cooking a new 

•Power naps are also a great way 
to reduce stress. 

The hectic life of a college 
student inevitably makes us lose 
hours of sleep every week. 

A power nap will help the 
quality of work and life increase 
in a positive direction. 

•Visualization is something I 
have found works very well. 

You can also think of it as a 
"mini vacation" or a daydream. 
Sit somewhere alone in a quite, 
private place. 

Close your eyes and picture 
yourself somewhere that is 

Imagine every aspect of it. 

Maybe you're in a boat on a 
lake, with the wind blowing 
through your hair and the water 
sprinkling on your face. 

When your ready to come out 
count backwards from ten and 
you should feel much better. 

Other alternatives include 
music therapy, creating a home 
spa, writing in a gratitude 
journal, praying and sex. 

Yes, sex is a huge stress relief. 

My personal favorites are 
painting, and making lists to stay 

Try a few of these things, and 
enjoy the rest of your semester 
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Twilight readers get sucked in 

Two words: vampire 

To the delight of 
many, the box office 
hit "Twilight" was 
released on DVD and 
Blu-ray on Saturday. 

I believe the 
demographics include 
crazed teenage girls 
and lonely single 

Now, if you have 

decided to continue 

reading, you probably 

fit into one of the following 

two categories: 

1. You, much like me, don't 
understand the bizarre 
obsession surrounding this 
book-turned-film and you are 
eager to agree with whatever I 
have to say. 

2. You are one of the obsessed 
and you are only reading to 
fuel your anger against me. 

Who knows, you may even 
decide to write a heated 
response if this column 
warrants one. 

As a user of Facebook, I am 
a fan of the bumper stickers 

I'm sure many of you who 
also use bumper stickers recall 
seeing a ridiculous amount of 
bumper stickers referencing 
"Twilight" a few months ago. 

At the time, I had no idea. 

What I did know was that I 
was not amused by it. 

I was immediately tired of 
seeing Edward Cullen this and 
Edward Cullen that. 

1 didn't care that all you 
wanted for Christmas was 
Edward Cullen. 

And then when this film 
opened in theaters, my news 
feed was bombarded with 
Facebook statuses making 

"(Insert name) is super 
excited to see the midnight 
showing of 'Twilight!'" 

Or, "(insert name) plans on 
seeing 'Twilight' at least five 
more times!" 

Or, "(insert name) wants 
to quit living in reality and 
instead marry Edward Cullen!" 

In fact, as I write this column, 

a friend of mine 
has posted in her 
status that she just 
preordered the three- 
disc special edition 
of "Twilight." And 
she "can't wait" until 
it arrives. 

Is this not absurdity 
at its finest? 

Of course, who am 
I to criticize? 

We all have our 
guilty pleasures. 

I was at the 
midnight countdowns for the 
last two Harry Potter books. 

And speaking of Harry Potter, 
the only other time that I've 
seen Robert Pattinson (the guy 
who played Edward Cullen in 
"Twilight") on film was in a 
Harry Potter movie. 

And I think we all remember 
how that ended. 

Here's a fun equation for you: 
Edward Cullen equals Cedric 

Cedric Diggory was killed 
by Voldemort. Voldemort was 
killed by Harry Potter. 

Thus, Harry Potter is better 
than Edward Cullen. 

At this point, I'm guessing 

those of you from Group 2 are 
starting up a Word document 
to tell me I have no idea what 
I'm talking about. 

And you're technically right. 

I haven't read "Twilight." I 
haven't seen the movie. 

And frankly, I don't plan on 
doing either. 

But, I figured the journalistic 
thing to do was to ask someone 
who has read these novels and 
find out what makes them so 
worth reading. 

So I talked to my sister. 

She fits the bill of a crazed 
teenage girl. 

Apparently, I didn't "get it." 

I was told that it was a 
romantic story of forbidden 
love, similar to Romeo and 

"He's not supposed to love 
her because he's a vampire and 
she's a human and vampires 
drink human blood," my sister 

"But he's different because he 
and his family live an alternative 
lifestyle, drinking animal blood 
and refusing to harm humans." 

What was I thinking? 

That's absolutely comparable 
to Romeo and Juliet. 

So much for saving water 

How we can 
change old 
habits to help 
improve our 

This past week I had the 
pleasure of spending a little 
more than half of my day on 
campus with the folks from 
Sundance Film Channel. 

Some of you may have 
noticed the crew filming the 
show on Thursday. 

The show, called the "Lazy 
Environmentalist" highlights 
changes one can 
make in their day 
to day lives that 
can make a big 
difference to the 

The shows host 
is the author of 
a book by the 
same name, Josh 

He and his 
crew came by to 
interview ' myself 
and five others for 
a spot highlighting 
CLU's green efforts, 

specifically the campus-wide 
initiative to reduce disposable 


water bottle usage. 

Naturally, the shoot also 
concerned itself with waste 

The coffee cups and plates 
were made out of recyclable 
content and the forks at 
lunch were made out of some 
potato by-product so as to be 
biodegradable in the landfill. 
The water was. ..well, the 
water was, bottled. 

To be fair there were 
refillable bottles too. 

Nalgene water bottles just 
like the ones CLtJ" has been 
advocating for. 

But bottled water? I couldn't 
believe it. 
Here we were promoting 
a campaign to stop 
disposable water 

bottle usage and 
they're using the 
very bottles we're 
campaigning against. 
Is nothing sacred? 
I'd heard jokes that 
the film crews in 
those TRUTH anti- 
smoking commercials 
all smoked like 
chimneys on set. 

That, I thought was 

comical. But this, 

this was hypocrisy. 

I thought a lot about how 

I felt in the five hours of 


By the end of the day, I came 
to a conclusion. 

Who am I to 

They're doing 
W, X,- and Z 
things right. 
Why should I 

People are 
not perfect. 

When given 
the option of 
doing the 
thing they have 
been doing, c 
new, people will almost 
always choose their old ways. 

It doesn't mean you have to 
be perfect 100 percent of the 

be some 

green Nazi 
waiting to 
round up 
those of 

you not 


Just do 
what you 
can. No matter how little. 

For me that may mean , 
recycling my bottle of water 

I'd heard jokes about 
the film crews in those 
TRUTH anti-smoking 
commercials all smoked 
like chimneys on set. 
That, I thought was 


Even if those old ways are (yes I'm guilty of buying 

worse for the environment. 

Old habits die hard, 
especially when those old 
habits concern themselves 
with convenience. 

Those old habits though, 
do have consequences and 
it's important we recognize 

California's in a chronic 
drought, world oil resources 
are finite and getting scarcer, 
and we're all going to die 
from climate change if the 
hole in the ozone layer 
doesn't give us skin cancer 
and kill us first. 

bottled water too). 

For you it may mean not 
using bottled water at all. 

It may mean putting a brick 
in the tank of your toilet or 
taking shorter showers to 
reduce water waste. 

For some it may mean 
buying a Prius rather than 
a Silverado when given the 
choice (I know a guy who 
sells Toyotas who can hook 
you up). 

In the short term anyhow, 
if everyone can "pitch 
in" and make those small 
changes, even if they're only 

It's important that one does convenient for them, we'll all 
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Shade denotes home game. * Conference Game. DH= Double Header. 

March how Sweet 16 it is! 

The first two rounds of 
the men's NCAA basketball 
tournament are in the books. 

March Madness, one of the 
most universally followed 
events of the sports year, has 
reached the Sweet 16 stage. 

This is my favorite time of the 

Upsets and buzzer 
beaters, . not to 
mention having 

63 games in less 
than three weeks, 
make for a thrilling 

Sixty-five NCAA 
Division I colleges 
from across the 
country began the 
fight for survival. 

With just one 
loss, the season is over. The 
team that wins six consecutive 
games is crowned the national 

Hearing about the tournament 
is almost unavoidable on 


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televisions at 


The odds of filling out 
a perfect bracket are 
over 9.2 quintillion. That 
is the number 9 followed 
by 18 zeroes. 

Centrum had the games on 
last week, many people check 
scores on their iPhones or 

laptops during class and the 
tournament is a popular topic 
of conversation. 

And all around the country, 
millions wager on the outcome 
of each game. 

Both hardcore fans and casual 
viewers fill out tournament 
brackets before the games start. 
Forty-five percent 
of Americans planned 
to enter at least one 
basketball pool this 
season, according to 
MSN's Hoop Hysteria 

Last year, 92 
percent of people 
who watched games 
did so at work, 
according to Nielsen 
Online data. 

The tournament could cost 
employers as much as $1.5 
billion in lost productivity, 
according to outplacement firm 
Challenger, Gray & Christmas. 
The firm believes workers will 
spend about 10 minutes per day 
following the tournament. 

Another random fact: the 
odds of filling out a perfect 
bracket are over 9.2 quintillion. 
That is the number 9 followed 
by 18 zeroes. 

That's if the odds of each game 
were 50/50, which obviously 
isn't the case, but you get the 

Anyway, that's enough 
numbers. Here are the highlights 
from the first two rounds: 
The biggest upset in the first 

round went to No. 13 Cleveland 
State (my hometown team, I 
cannot fail to mention this) in 
its out-of-nowhere dominating 
victory over No. 4 Wake Forest. 

No. 12 Arizona is the biggest 
surprise in the Sweet 16. 

However, the Wildcats were 
markedly better than the two 
teams they got matched up 
against, Utah and CSU. 

My pick for the most exciting 
game of the tournament so far 
goes to the first round match- 
up of Siena and Ohio State. 

The Saints hit two three- 
pointers, one at the end of 
regulation and another at the 
end of the second overtime, to 
defeat the Buckeyes 74-72. 

Five of the 1 6 teams left belong 
to the Big East Conference, 
which is a record for any 

It's my lifelong desire to see a 
No. 1 seed lose to a No. 16. East 
Tennessee State gave Pittsburgh 
more than they wanted, but I 
will unfortunately have to wait 
another year for the upset to 

Those who went with the 
chalk and picked the higher 
seed to win every game are 
looking pretty good. 

Only two teams, Purdue and 
Arizona, were not one of the 
top 16 overall seeds. 

This year's tournament, 
despite the lack of Cinderellas, 
is still just as thrilling as years 

It will no doubt continue into 
the remaining rounds. 

Regals fail to 
hold on in sweep 
by Leopards 

La Verne's late 
rally downs 

By Tiffany Michaels 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Regals softball team head into 
a busy week coming off of a tough 
loss to La Verne. 

The women hosted a non- 
conference double header against 
Lewis and Clark ( 1-12). 

Wednesday CLU hosted a double 
header against Pacific Lutheran( 7- 
9) starting at noon. 

The Regals will close out the 
week on the road playing a double 
header at Chapman (10-10) starting 
at noon. 

Cal Lutheran (12-9-1, 4-7-1 

"The losses were hard as 
always but we've got to 
keep looking ahead to 
making the top four..." 

— Emily Robertson 

SCIAC) was swept by the La Verne 
(14-8) leopards last weekend, 3-1 
and 6-5. 

In the first game, the Leopards 
scored an early run, along with 
another two in the sixth and seventh 
bringing them to a 3-0 advantage. 

The Regals looked like they were 
coming back in the bottom of the 
seventh with three hits and two 
runners in scoring position. 

The Regals scored on a single by 
April Rosas with only one out. ULV 
pitcher, Delaney Baylor, closed the 
game with two consecutive strike 
outs to end it 3-1. 

Talia Ferrari pitched for the Regals 
for all seven innings allowing only 
three runs, two earned, on nine 

She also had five strikeouts and 
no walks. 

"First game we really couldn't get 
our hitting together," said junior 
Emily Robertson. 

"Talia pitched a great game but 
we struggled to make something 
happen offensively." 

The second game was a close race 
to the finish. After four inning CLU 
led 5-2. 

La Verne took one back in the 

The Leopards own Melissa 
Carlson scored a three-run 
homerun in the top of the sixth 
moving ULV ahead 6-5. 

Lizzy Chacon pitched for the 
Regals and brought her season 
record to 6-4. 

She had six runs, five earned on 
nine hits. Chacon struck out four 
and walked four. 

Emily Robertson was 2-2 with 
two RBI's and Lizzie Novak was 2-3 
with two RBI's. 

"We've just finished the first round 
of conference, so we're looking to 
pick up some momentum in the 
two weeks until our next conference 
games," Robertson said. 

"The losses were hard as always 
but we've got to keep looking ahead 
to making the top four and getting 
into the conference tournament." 

The Regals offense continues its hot start of 2009 campaign. 

March 25, 2009 


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Knights clinch playoff bid 
with victory over Fullerton 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Knights rugby football 
club battled Cal State Fullerton 
for dominance of the Collegiate 
Division III conference on Saturday 
at Mt. Clef Stadium. 

Sporting brand new uniforms, 
the Knights took to the pitch in 
quest for their first league title and 
a chance to solidify a spot in the 

It was a very good game as the 
Knights scored three tris against 
the opposing Cal State Fullerton 
Rugby Club> making the final score 
19-0. In rugby each tri is worth 
five points while an extra point is 
worth two. 

The Knights were successful 
on two of their three extra point 
opportunities. With the win the 
team was able to solidify a play-off 
spot and the number one seed. 

Senior Jacob Calderon was 
unstoppable as he scored two of 
the three tris made. Coming off 
an all-American campaign for the 
Kingsmen football team, Calderon 
is feared by all teams, with his hard- 
nosed tackling and his bruising 
power running the ball. Known as 

half of the bash brothers, seniors 
Ian Freeman and Calderon, set the 
tone for the Knights in each match 
with there punishing hits and their 
gritty leadership. 

Even with a great game, Calderon 
expressed thoughts on how he can 
improve his game further. "Getting 
in better shape and being healthy 
will help me be able to utilize my 
skills to get others on the team 
involved," he said. 

In seasons past, the Knights 
have gone 19-6 but this season 
they are 6-0 and atop Division 
III in Southern California. Still 
being 6-0 and having a spot in 
the playoffs locked up, the Knights 
see opportunities to improve as a 

"We can work on keeping the 
back line straight with crisp passes 
and making strong open field 
tackles on breakaways," Calderon 

The Knights are trying to move 
up to Division II next season and 
this means they will need a lot 
more publicity to help solidify the 

The president of the rugby 
football club is senior Andrew 
Aguiniga, who has been on the 

team for four years. 

He said the team will be 
graduating a lot of seniors but 
that they still have a good mix of 
underclassmen to help ensure the 
future of the team. 

"I look forward to the playoffs 
with this team, and hope to bring 
home some hardware to Cal 
Lutheran," Aguiniga said. 

The Knights will be competing 

Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Clef 
against Occidental College in their 
season finale before they begin 

"Against Oxy, we want to 
communicate better as a team, 
both vocally and physically," 
Calderon said. " Not to lose focus 
on our goal of playoffs, continue 
our strong, physical play and finish 
the season healthy and victorious." 


Photo courtesy of Julicn Schamp 
Senior Jeff Shalem makes a tackle on a Fullerton player. 

The Regals tennis team battled 
the regions seventh ranked 
Wildcats of Linfield (Ore.) dur- 
ing the weekend. 

Senior Suz Nomura high- 
lighted the day with a 1-6, 7-5, 
6-4 victory over current No. 10 
west region ranked single player 
Sallie Katter. 

The teams battled to the end, 
with the Wildcats earning the 
team victory with a 5-4 margin. 

CLU (7-5) will be back in ac- 
tion as they host Pacific Luther- 
an University (WA) on Monday 
Mar. 23 at 2 p.m. 

This game has special mean- 
ing to the Regals coach Mike 
Bensen, as he will face his for- 
mer school. 

The Kingsmen tennis team 
suffered its second straight loss 
this past weekend at the hand of 
Salisbury State (Md.). 

Like the Regals, the Kingsmen 
fell by a score of 5-4. Trailing 3- 
1 early in the day, the Kingsmen 
had trouble climbing out of the 

CLU's Andrew Giuffrida and 
Jordan Culpepper were re- 
sponsible for three of the four 
Kingsmen points, teaming up 
for a No. 3 doubles win and 
winning the No. 1 and No. 6 
single contests. 

The Kingsmen { 10-4) will host 
Williams College (MA) tomor- 
row at 2 p.m. 

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March 25, 2009 

Baseball looks to bounce back against OXY 

Kingsmen lose two J he an &™™ i°<>k to continue 

° those winning ways and bounce 

straight for first back after these two loses 

° After two victories early in the 

time this SeaSOn week > nead coach Marty Slimak 

was disappointed with the 
outcome on Saturday. 

"We just didn't play well," 
he said. "We just didn't do the 
things that we need to do to win 
the ballgame. And give the other 
team credit for beating us." 

The Kingsmen were caught 
stealing or picked off on several 
occasions throughout Saturday's 

They were also responsible for 
one error in the first game and 
three in the second, while the 
Scarlet Raiders had none. 

Junior Matt Martin had similar 
views of the team's performance 
in the losses. 

"Our baserunning was terrible 
and we didn't play well on 
defense," Martin said. "We just 
played with no intensity all day." 

Junior Paul Hartmann had two 
RBI in each game, bringing his 
total to 28. 

Junior Chris Hertz had two RBI 
in. the second game as well, and 
senior Nick Dingman homered. 

In both games the Kingsmen 
trailed early and fought back, 
only to come up short. 

"They never quit, we just came 
up short both games," Slimak 
said. "But we cannot continue to 
give good teams opportunities. 
We never had the lead once in 
these two games." 

The chances to win were there, 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

This week was full of ups and 
downs for the Cal Lutheran 
baseball team, as it split its last 
four games at home. 

The Kingsmen defeated Illinois 
Tech 10-2 and followed that up 
on Friday with a shutout victory 
over Rutgers-Camden, 18-0. 

However, they lost a pair of 
games to Rutgers-Newark 6-4 
and 8-7 to finish off the week. 

The Kingsmen next play 
SCIAC opponent Occidental this 
weekend in a three-game series. 

They travel to face the Tigers on 
Friday and host a doubleheader 
on Saturday, beginning at 11 

In the past three seasons CLU 
has a record of 5-4 against the 

"We are a mature team 
and just had an off-day. 
We'll study these games 
and make sure it never 
happens again." 

— Matt Martin 

Junior left-hander Greg Gelber delivers a strike during the opening game of the Cal Invite. 

tesy of Kevin Baxter 

but they never fully capitalized. This stands in contrast to the 

A late rally in the second game two contests earlier in the week. 

was answered 
by Rutgers- 
Newark with 
two runs of 
its own in the 

"We had 

and we just 
took ourselves 
out of them," 
Slimak said. "If 

"...We cannot continue 
to give good teams op- 
portunities. We never 
had the lead once in 
these two games." 

— Marty Slimak 

In the victory 
over Illinois 
Tech, Martin 
hit a grand 
slam and was 
a single away 
from the cycle. 
Junior Dane 
Delfs made his 
second start 
pitching and 
gave up no 

tigers and last season a record 
of 2-1. 

the effort was there we wouldn't runs in five innings. 

have made a lot of those The game against Rutgers- 

mistakes." Camden was even more 


Nine Kingsmen had at least 
one RBI, junior Greg Gelber 
pitched five scoreless innings and 
the game was called after seven 

While the Kingsmen must 
improve in order to get back 
to their winning ways against 
Occidental, the outlook for the 
team remains positive. 

"I think we'll be able to respond 
to the losses," Martin said. "We 
are a mature team and just had 
an off-day. We'll study these 
games and make sure it never 
happens again." 

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Volume 53, Number 6 1/2 

April Fools' Day 

Trinity demolished 4 parking 

Need for park- 
ing is cause of 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

Deconstruction of the newest 
residence hall at CLU will begin 
in April due to the demands of 
parking on campus. 

"After careful consideration, 
along with student, faculty and 
staff input, we have decided 
to demolish the future Trinity 
residence hall and fix the parking 
problem on campus," said one 
university official last week. 

"A 300 space parking structure 
will be constructed for residents 
of this campus, as well as 

commuters, faculty and staff." 

Demolition is slated to take 
until the end of May, allowing 
the parking structure to be built 
in time for the 2009-10 academic 

"Parking has been such an 
issue on campus," said Ana 
Garcia, senior 
resident assistant 
for Mogen, 

Kramer and 

the University 

"It's about 

time they do 
something about 
it, they need to 
stop building 
new residence 
halls and focus 
on fixing the parking problem." 

The decision was made after a 
closed door meeting of university 

They need to stop 
building new resi 
dence halls and focus 
on fixing the parking 

officials. Announcements of the 

plans will go out to the CLU 

community starting in April. 

Officials are expecting positive 

reactions and feedback. 
"1 heard Trinity wasn't even 

going to be that nice," one CLU 

student said. 

"It makes 
more sense to 
build parking 
rather than 
nicer halls 
for students 
to live in. 
Parking is a 
huge concern 
on campus 
with all the 

Now people don't have to park 

at Gilbert [Sports and Fitness 


With the university gearing up The overwhelming majority of 
for its largest freshmen class yet, those who took the survey noted 

will be 

expected to 
have five 

people living 
per one suite. 

"Where are 
students going 
to park if this 
doesn't get 
built?" said the 
university official. 

"It's a tough decision, but one 
that has to be made. Sacrifices 
are going to have to happen and 
cramming into the Old West and 
New West complexes is one of 

Members of the CLU community 
were given input in the forms 
of an online survey which five 
people chose to participate in. 

"It makes more sense to 
build parking structures 
rather than nicer halls 
for students to live in. " 

— Ana Garcia 

that parking 
was a top issue, 
along with 

more residence 
halls and nicer 
facilities on 


So while there 

might not be 

a place for " 

everyone to sleep 

next year, at least all of the parking 

problems will be allieviated, 

Some students have complained 
however, that this location will not 
close enough so school officials 
are now looking into paving 
Kingsmen Park for additional 
parking spots.... APRIL FOOLS'!! 


Illustration by Doug 

chosen as 

Page 6 

Kimbal trades 
history for 

Page 1 1 

Baseball ends 
season due to 

Page 12 

None of this is real... seriously 

Page 2 

April Fools' Day 

Time has come to drink at CLU 

By Araon Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

As part of its 50 th anniversary, 
CLU will be making a few major 
changes to its alcohol policy on 

"Due to some new regulations 
CLU will be making it OK for 
students of age to drink on 
campus," said Sam K. Adams, 
CLU's alcohol awareness and 
implementation specialist. 

Although many believe that 
CLU has always been a dry 
campus, this is not the case. They 
have always had, until now, very 
strict rules on alcohol and have 
maintained and regulated this 
policy but have allowed alcohol 
in the appropriate venues. 

Sources say that due to the 
school's growth potential, CLU is 
looking to attract students from 
all walks of life and believe that 
the policy may have an affect 
on some perspective students' 
opinions of the school. 

Partnering up with Anheuser- 
Busch the school hopes to have 
all the necessary tools to start 
implementing the policy by the 

beginning of the Fall semester 

Students and staff look forward 
to the welcome change to the 
atmosphere of CLU. 

"I'm so excited for it" said 
Sandra Mouley, coordinator for 
student projects and events. "I 
think this will definitely boost the 
attendance of events on campus 
when we can include alcohol." 

The first program Mouley 
hopes to put on in the fall will 
be a seminar on bartending. 
Student Life is looking for ways 
to help students adjust to the new 
policy arid also teach them how 
to make a fine martini. 

CLU also hopes to implement 
some new locations on campus to 
better suite the new pro-alcohol 
policy. These ideas include a full 
sports bar on the first floor of 
Trinity Hall, Margarita Mondays 
in the Caf and Thirsty Thursdays 
in the Centrum. These days will 
have varying drink specials much 
like the Centrum weekly meal 

Although the alcohol on 
campus will not be regulated 
through Sodexo, the university's 

food service company, students 
will be able to use bonus points 
and even meals to count toward 
their purchase of any of the fine 
beer, wine or premixed drinks 
served in the establishments. 

Of course drinking on campus 
will be only for those who are 21- 
years-old and above and will be 
monitored through student ID 
cards. This way, students will be 
unable to get fakes to allow them 
to drink on campus and put a 
limit on those of age to make sure 
they do not take advantage of the 
new policy. 

"I can't wait to drink side by 
side with faculty," sophomore 
Laura Sanderson said. "It will 
also make different programs on 
campus so much more fun." 

However, not everyone shares 
the enthusiasm about the new 

Many faculty members and 
even students are fearful that the 
policy will increase excess noise 
and lack of peace of campus as 
well as create an environment 
that condones drinking in excess. 

"I am not sure that students 
are ready to have that kind of 

freedom so easily accessible on 
campus," said Matthew Richtern, 
dean of student attendance. "It 
could end up being a detriment 
to students and the school." 

However, to counter these 
arguments many believe that 
this will actually be beneficial to 
the safety of students by keeping 

them on campus and removing 
the need to drive somewhere to 
drink then possibly drive back 

Regardless, students can look 
forward to this freedom in the 
fall and be ready for intramural 
beer pong. 
April Fools' Day! 

Intramural Beer Pong 

Sign-Ups Begin on 

April 1 st 

in the SUB 

(Yeah right... APRIL 


April Fools' Day 

Not Important News 

The Echo - Page 3 

8-year-old genius plans 
to be new student in fall 

By Jonathan McDermott 
Echo Staff Writer 

At the start of the 2009 fell semester 
at Cal Lutheran, there will be hundreds 
and hundreds of new incoming 
freshman, which of course will be no 
surprise to current students. 

What will be a surprise though will be 
that one of these new students happens 
to be an 8-year-old boy genius from 
London, England 

Ahman Joi Jr. is the son of Ahman 
Joi Sr. and Shiva-ray Joi and brother 
to Hasim Joi, who works in their native 
London, England 

He and his family are of Indian 
decent and they are also a part of a 
small population of Indians in England 
that are devoted Lutherans. 

Ahman's parents have been quoted as 
saying that their decision to send him 
to Gil Lutheran was due to the school's 
Lutheran heritage as well as their 
outstanding Communicative Studies 

Dr. Hugh Grantly from the Center 

of Academically Gifted Children in 
London confirms Ahman's genius . 

"Ahman's gifts are extraordinary 
and he is the real deal," Grantly said 
"He has the potential to become one 
of the greatestminds ofhis generation 
as long as Cal Lutheran can foster 
such profound intelligence." 

Ahman's gifts were first noticed 
when his father noticed that he 
solved a Rubik's cube in under ten 
seconds with a blind fold on in the 
middle ofhis favorite fast food chain. 

"It was from that moment that I 
knew that my son could be one of 
the smartest children in the world," 
Ahmon Sr. said 

It was this incident that led Ahman's 
parents to the local university he 
could take the SAT, which for those 
that do not know is the Standard 
Aptitude Test and helps acknowledge 
a baseline of intelligence, which 
Ahman scored an amazingly high 
1500 for his first try. 

This score got the attention of 
Grantly who has helped the Joi family 

in garnering scholarship money for 
Ahman's education. 

"With the Joi's famify limited 
financial means, I tried to do as much 
as I could in order to make sure that 
Ahman would get anything he needed 
in order to feel comfortable and safe, 
especially when he will be living in 
a foreign country for the next two 
yearsTGranUy said 

He will only be attending Cal 
Lutheran for two years because he 
plans on graduating in two years with 
a degree in general communication. 
According to Ahman, "It should be 
fun and easy" 

He has also stated that he is looking 
forward to living in Grace Hall because 
he has never had his own room and 
that is an exciting prospect to him. 

So come next semester, if you 
see a little boy wondering around 
campus looking like he is lost, be a 
good Samaritan and offer a little help 
because you never know, he might just 
be your boss in a few years. 

Backstreet Boys to 
return with concert at 
Cal Lutheran's SUB 

By Kailee Loughlin 
Echo Staff Writer 

The popular 1990s boy band 
"Backstreet Boys*' will be 
performing at CLU on May 5 
in the Gilbert Arena. 

They are in Mexico for their an event at CLU was far from 
"Unbreakable" tour' which has an exception 

"I will go on stage and sing 
with them," junior Jordan 
Culpepper said. 

The boy band has toured 
around the globe for 
their 2007 album release, 
including at small venues so 

been going on for over a year 

While they are back in the 
studio to record their reunion 
album one of their stops will 
be at CLU for one night only. 

They just want to perform 
for the fans who helped 
made them such a success 
from their first album release 
in 1992. 

"We can't wait to get 

Due to popular demand of back onstage and put a big 
a musical guest to perform extravagant show together 

at CLU and complications of 
booking an artist, negotiations 
went back and 
forth between 
the school and 
the band and 
finally came to 
a consensus. 

There will be 
a ticket price of 
$20 to see the 

"I would 

have liked to 
see [the concert] stick to the 
^lub Lu version of being free," 
Si id Eric Eggleston, former 
pa grams board member. 

using this material as the 

base," Backstreet Boys 
Nick Carter 
said on their 
M y s p a c e 

"Half of 
what we do 
is vocals and 
on our 

albums, but 
our other 

role is entertainers, which 

we take pride in." 
The event to get the 

Backstreet Boys to perform 

I found out about this 

few months ago. A lot 

)f student fees were used 

Dut it'll be really cool." 

— Hallie Walsh 

S l d^nts like Eggleston are on campus has been a long 

not S?ppy about the entrance process, but the wait is 

fee t ?e the Backstreet Boys, finally over. 

but ^ : popular boy band "When we were planning 

seems orth the ticket price the events for the year, 

to othei; someone brought up a 

concert, and everyone was 
for it," said Jesse Knutson, 
programs board member. "No 
one could decide on a band to 
bring, until Amanda Whealon 
suggested that we bring a boy 

"At that point I asked 
everyone to break off into 
his or her committees and 
think up of bands. It was 
unanimous, everyone wanted 
the Backstreet Boys," Knutson 

"The only way that the 
Backstreet Boys would agree 
is that if it was on Cinco 
De Mayo and if we allowed 
alcohol at the event for those 
who are 21 and over." 

The boy band will be at the 
flagpole from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 
signing autographs, taking 
pictures and talking with 

"I found out about this 
a few months ago. A lot of 
student fees were used but 
it'll be really cool," Hallie 
Walsh said. 

This event is set to draw 
a packed crowd with ticket 
sales also available to the 
public. You can buy them in 
the SUB starting today. 

If you actually plan on 
showing up to this you will 
be very disappointed because 
this is not a real event. Don't 
you know what day it is? 

CL U campus to 
establish new 
co-ed dorms 

Co-Ed rooms 
by all 

By Kelsey McBride 

Echo Staff Writer 

Co-ed dorm rooms will be 
available starting next year at 
California Lutheran University's 
campus in order to give students 
a real life experience. The world 
is not separated by sexes and 
university officials believe men 
and women should start learning 
while in college how to relate to 
each other and a dorm can be 
good practice before going into 
the work environment. 

"That's pretty chill," said junior 
Matthew Frazer. "It would help 
people learn to live with the 
opposite sex. I completely agree 
with having co-ed dorms." 

Suite selection is coming up and 
sophomore, junior and senior 
students have the opportunity 
to sign up to share a dorm room 
with the opposite sex. All of the 
dorms, except for the freshmen 
dorms, will be co-ed on CLU's 

Freshmen year can be stressful 
enough with making new friends, 
college classes and living away 
from home. The only dorms that 
will not be co-ed are Thompson 
Hall, Peterson Hall and Mt. Clef 

"This sounds crazy!" junior 
Alexandra Butler, said. "CLU has 
an image of a Lutheran school. I 
think this would ruin the purity 
of the school." 

CLU is a Lutheran school and 
some students may choose not 
to live with someone of the 
opposite sex because of religious 
or moral reasons. Students have a 
choice and do not have to live in 
a co-ed dorm room. 

Previously, the rule was that 
members of the opposite sex 

could not stay overnight. The 
visitation hours were from 7 a.m. 
to 2 a.m. every day. 

"I think CLU should have co- 
ed dorm rooms," said junior 
Bailey Gable. "If you fl*el like 
you can live with someone of the 
opposite sex than maybe it would 
be ok to have that option, but I 
don't think that everyone can 
handle it." 

Living in the dorms is a huge 
part of the college experience. It 
can also be very educating. Both 
sexes can learn responsibility and 
how to respect each other. 

CLU is not the only school 
allowing co-ed dorms. Many 
schools such as Brown 
University, Clark University, 
the University of Pennsylvania 
and the California Institute of 
Technology allow students the 
choice to live with whoever they 

"I think co-ed dorms would 
be" fun, but only for a while. 
Girls and boys are very different 
from one another and I think 
those differences might only 
get magnified in such a close 
proximity," junior Jenny Guy 

"Things can happen, like if a 
boyfriend and girlfriend want 
to move in together and then 
they break up," she said. "This 
could cause a lot more issues for 
Residence Life, and I don't think 
I'd live with someone of the 
opposite sex for this reason." 

April 9 is the last day to draw 
a lottery number for suite 
selection. April 14 is the suite 
selection for lottery numbers 
1-699 and April 15 is the suite 
selection for numbers 700-1,300 
at 4 p.m. in the Lundring Events 

April Fools! Even though this 
article was an April Fool's joke, 
Residence Life did not choose 
to participate. CLU is not going 
to be having co-ed dorms and 
probably won't ever will. Sorry to 
get your hopes up. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan 
Co-ed dorms will make couples not need to worry about their lovers staying over. 

California Lutheran University 

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April Fools' Day 

Ghost says goodbye to Mt. Clef 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

Hemp bracelets. Cheez 
Doodles. Season One of 
Chappelle's Show. These are 
just a few of the many things 
gone missing in the Mt. Clef 
dormitory. The vandalized 
students aren't necessarily 
worried, seeing as the Cheez 
Doodles were stale anyhow. One 
poltergeist in particular is not 

"What the-? This expired last 
October! Damn, what are these 
kids today eating," said the 
notorious Mt. Clef ghost. 

Decades ago, the floating pale 
spirit was a little boy roaming 
aimlessly down the halls of 
Mt. Clef looking to quiet his 
lost soul. The ghost has since 
porked out into a bloated white 
transparent blob. He knows 
completing his unfinished 
business is a wash, he would 
rather relax and be peaceful for 
"There was like, a rumor that 

my name is Francisco," Peter 

said. "It's so not true. I mean, 

listen to it will ya? Francisco. 

The last part sounds like that 

guy who sang the "Thong Song" 

in the '90s. C'mon man, I'm 

Peter through and through." 
"The '90s were pretty cool here 

though. I liked those Giga Pets a 

whole lot." 
Peter has 

been secretly 

slipping into 


at Mt. Clef 

during the 

dead of night 

and stealing 


belongings of 

the students 

since 1968. 
He started because he was 

lonely and bored wandering 

the halls. Peter knew talking to 

students would scare them so he 

stole instead. 

Peter, the mischievous ghost who has haunted Mt. Clef since 1 968, is preparing to move to the new Trinity Hall. 

"It's so sweet," said Peter on 

his snatch 'n soar doings. "1 go 

in there, I take some stuff like 

video games 

and graphic 

novels, then I 

knock a poster 

off the wall 

for fun," he 

said. "It takes 

like, a week 

for people to 

realize their 

stuff is gone 

and what do 

they do? Blame the roommate. 

Then they fight and everything 

is cool and I come back a week 

later and do it again." 

"I like to piss people off," he 

"The '90s were pretty 
cool here though. I liked 
those Giga Pets a whole 

— Peter 


Tucked away over by Mt. 
Clef is a special closest that 
Peter has dubbed "the treasure 
chest," where Homer Simpson 
figurines, tie-dye T-shirts, neon 
rubber bracelets and back issues 
of Spin magazine can be found. 

"Check it dude, this is back 
when Chuck Klosterman used 
to write for 'em," Peter said, 
flipping through a worn issue 
with The White Stripes on the 

Peter drops the magazine and 
rubs his eyes which are the only 
colored part of his form. They 
are deep red and appear half- 
closed at all times. 

"What are we talking about 

again man? NASA? I think it was 
NASA. I keep seeing spaceships 
in my eyes. It's so damn sick 
dude! Like going to the movies 
in your pupils," Peter said. 

Recently, he has been 
considering moving on past 
Mt. Clef and pursuing the 
surrounding buildings. A 
promising prospect is Trinity 
Hall, where Peter could bring 
some of his friends to journey 
through the halls. 

"It's time for change. Like, 
all year I kept hearing people 
going, 'Change has come' and 
I was like, 'uh no,'" Peter said. 
"I'm still going around the same 
halls, seeing the same bedrooms 
I did a long time ago." 

Photo by Doug Barnett 

"So I'm gonna see what's up 
with Trinity. Casper is coming 
with me too. Like, sometimes 
he's kind of a bad influence but 
I like him. He's the godfather of 
the ghost world." 

Peter pulls out a Monopoly 
game board which spills tiny 
shoes, irons and a dime bag 
everywhere. He hastily picks it 
up and gives it a long glance. 

"Huh. Thought I smoked this 
already," he said, confused for a 
moment. He smiles widely and 
tucks the bag into his pocket. 

"I'm gonna plant this into a 
certain someone's room and call 
an RA on them. Let's just say, a 
stale Cheez Doodle made me do 
it." APRIL FOOLS'! : ) 

Two CLU Residents 
Seeking Roommate 

Trinity Hall Fall 2009 

Must be friendly, have a good sense of 
humor and a love of junk food 

Look for Peter in Mt. Clef for more info 

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April Fools' Day 

CLU student gets a chance for love 

Photo by Scott Nelson 

Kyle Hansen looks forward to finding his soulmate on "The Bachelor" 

By Jen Reissman 
Echo Staff Writer 

CLU senior Kyle Hansen has been 
chosen to be the next bachelor on 
ABCs hit show "The Bachelor" 
for its 14 th season which is set to 
premiere next fall. 

Fred Wilcox, producer for the 
hit series "The Bachelor," wanted 
something different for the 
upcoming season. He wanted a 
younger crowd to be involved in the 
show and came up with the idea of 
having a college student as the next 
bachelor. He went to many different 
college campuses across Southern 
California to find the next bachelor. 

It was at a local Starbucks where he 
discovered Hansen. He was waiting 
patiently for his beverage that he 
ordered when Wilcox approached 
him. He was definitely caught off 
guard because he had never thought 
of doing something like this. 
Hansen considered the offer and 
said he would call Wilcox back in 
a few days after doing some serious 

"The second I saw Kyie I knew he 
was going to be the next bachelor. 
He was exactly what we were 
looking for and I wasn't going to let 
him say no," Wilcox said. 

After careful consideration, 
Hansen accepted the offer to be 

the next bachelor. He said that he 
was in extreme shock when this all 

"Well after all the research 1 did, I 
felt like I could represent the show 
really well," Hansen said 

Hansen doesn't seemed to be 
bothered by being the youngest 
bachelor ever to be on the show but 
he did say that the one thing he was 
worried about most for the show 
was remembering all of the girls' 
names. He plans 
on being honest 
with them from 
the beginning 
but will tell them 
they are going 
to have to put 
up with it if he 
mixes up their 

Bailey Smith, 
who is not 

only a student at CLU but also 
an avid watcher and huge fan 
of "The Bachelor," was stunned 
when Hansen had been officially 
announced as the next bachelor. 

"I just cannot get over the feet that 
I am friends with the next bachelor," 
Smith said. "It has been my favorite 
show ever since it came on and now 
I am going to tell everyone I know to 
make sure they watch it. I hope Kyle 
finds someone special on the show 

"I hope [Hansen] finds 
someone special on the 
show and doesn't make 
the same mistake as the 
last bachelor." 

— Bailey Smith 

and doesn't make the same mistake 
as the last bachelor." 

Hansen has a specific taste in girls 
and hopes someone who is around 
7-feet tall and is skinny as a rail with 
hair down to her ankles and huge 
gapped teeth on the show. And 
for those girls who are just on the 
show because they want their "15 
minutes of feme," he plans on letting 
them know from the very first rose 
ceremony that that is not OK. 

His speech will 
go something 
like this: "Listen 
straight up, if 
you're not here 
for me, this rose 
is not for you 
and 1 hope you 
feel OK not just 
walking out of 
here right now 
but dancing out 
the door while the song 'Walk It 
Out' is playing." 

Hansen is very excited for the long 
walks on the beach, the fancy dinners 
and dates and all the romancing. 
"Oh and not to mention the million 
dollars I will make after the show is 
over," he said. 

People can watch ABC's "The 
Bachelor" with Hansen as the next 
bachelor when it begins airing 
sometime next fell. 

ASCLU president refuses to step down 

By Michelle Schwartz 

Echo Staff Writer 

To many students' surprise, 
current ASCLU president Andrew 
Brown will not be stepping down 
from his position for the 2009 
- 10 school year. 

"I have come to enjoy my role 
as ASCLU president and with 
the recession, I knew I needed 
something I could count on to 
occupy my time for next year," 
he said. "I want to ride out the 
recession more or less for an 
additional year." 

Most CLU students have since 
been wondering why they even 
took the time to vote for a new 
president a few months back. The 
student body ended up picking 
Reshai Tate as the next president. 
He is studying in Washington, 
D.C. and he flew back to CLU for 
the elections. 

"I think Andrew's counting 

on me not making it back to 
California," Tate said. "My flight 
reservations were mysteriously 
cancelled via iPhone." 

Regarding Tate's pending 
presidential position, Brown 
said that "Reshai was never 
technically elected. The sitting 
ASCLU president has to finalize 
the election and I chose not to do 
so. I am not confident anybody 
could serve in this capacity as well 
as I did." 

"As far as my position on the 
Regents, they voted unanimously 
to allow me to continue as the 
ASCLU president since I was 
uncomfortable leaving my role at 
this pivotal time in our school's 
history. Reshai will still be the 
ASCLU president-elect, until I 
so choose to step down from my 

"When I heard the news, I was 
shocked to say the least!" Tate 
said. "So many things were going 

ASCLU president Andrew Brown dictates his authority. 

Photo by Eric Vaughn 

through my head like: 'I won the 
freaking election.' Not to mention 
Andrew is a graduating senior." 

Some students have been 
wondering if Brown would serve 
the school well for another year. 
But he is confident that he will 
be a great president for another 
school year. 

"Lets face it, you learn from 
your mistakes and being in office 
for 12 months quite frankly isn't 
enough time" Brown said. "I 
feel the students would be better 
served allowing an experienced 
ASCLU president as opposed to 
transitioning into another rookie 

Tate, who is not amused by the 
situation, was asked about how he 
thinks Brown will do for another 

"As for how he'll do next 
year," Tate said, "Who cares, I'm 
transferring to Pepperdinc.I like 
the beach more anyway." 

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April Fools' Day 


The Echo - Page 7 

Mascots elope 

CLU's beloved 
Kingsman and 
Regal make their 
love official. 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 
Echo Staff Writer 

Surprise and excitement is not 
something that our campus is 
used to on a regular basis, but 
that all will change now. 

The other day, The Echo office 
received a postcard from Bora 
Bora. The postcard showcased 
a beautiful sunset off the beach 
in that exotic location. But the 
biggest surprise was when the 
card as flipped over. On the 
opposite side was a message 
from our very own Regal. 
The content was anything but 

The message read: 

"Greetings from Bora Bora, 
We are so sorry for leaving 
without saying goodbye, but we 
could not take being at CLU any 
longer. We have decided to conje 
here and get married. We loved 
being your mascots, but it has 
been long enough and we want 
to just begin our lives after CLU. 
We hope you will understand 
and we love you all. Go Cal Lu. 
Love, Kingsman and Regal" 

The Echo office stood in silence 
as Editor in Chief Candice Cerro 
read the postcard out loud to 
the entire staff. Many different 
thoughts came to our minds as 
the message from the Kingsman 
and Regal ran through our 
heads. Everyone had questions, 
but few had answers. 

The biggest question is what to 
do about finding a new mascot 

Photo by Art Miller 

The Kingsman and Regal, flirting in the early days of their relationship. 

for our school. The Kingsman 
and Regal seem to be very 
happily married and we can only 
hope to find a new mascot to fill 
their shoes. 

After we received this surprising 
postcard, Cerro got a phone call 
from the Kingsman. He told her 
all about the wedding they had. 
He described a beautiful setting 
and an even more beautiful 
bride. They were wed right on 
the beach at sunset. 

He said right when the sky was 
an amazing array of color, they 
recited their vows. It was then 
that they shared a kiss and ran 
off into the night. They boarded 
a ship right off of the shore and 
sailed along the coast while 

dining and enjoying each other's 

Kingsman said, "I am so glad 
to be spending the rest of my 
life with the most gracious 
and loving woman I have ever 
met. Regal looked absolutely 

Regal wore a gorgeous white 
gown with a bright purple 
flower in her hair. It is nice to 
see that though she is gone from 
our school, purple and gold run 
through her blood. 

The ceremony was quiet, 
though not too quiet due to 
the random clinking of metal 
armor. Our campus will now 
remain quiet just as they wanted 
their love. 



'Who is the hottest teacher 
on campus?" 

'Professor Lim. 
Enough said." 

Jaymes White 

"Amanda Carpenter, 
counselor. So hot." 

Willy Tiernan 

"Dr. Cefola is by far 

the most beautiful 

woman on campus." 

Jake Cosineau 

'I have a huge crush 
on Susan Murphy." 


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April Fools' Day! 

Good-bye Lutheranism 

God has no place in our school- 
at least not if I were running 

It's high time we abandon our 
Lutheran roots and adopt a modern 
secular movement in our 
campus community. 

The school has for 
too long suppressed the 
"traditional" university 
experience in favor of a 
more sedate, wholesome 
and conservative 


Our out-dated rules, 
and traditions have 
stifled students for long 

Shaming kids into 
thinking their behavior 
is "amoral," "deviant" and 
above all "sinful." 

Remember back to when you 
were young and your father told 
you not to do something? 

It made you want to do it more 

Instead of making funny faces and 
crossing your eyes, the Lutheran 
leadership of this university has 
been frowning upon more, ahem, 


"adult" behavior. 

Rather than prevent the 

"scourges" of premarital sex 

and underage drinking, Martin 

Luther and his compadres have 

in a roundabout way 

promoted them, by 

creating a stigma and 

fostering curiosity. 

People should still 
be able to practice 
and worship as they 
wish, succumbing 
to the rapturous 
shackles I call church 

The university, 
however will cease 
all formal ties with 
the church in name 
and in practice if I 
have my way. 

Aside from ditching all 
Lutheran ties, there are a number 
of other things I'd implement if I 
were in charge: 

1.) The school will be renamed. 

California Lutheran University 

will now be called California 


2.) The campus should will 

hence forth be a wet campus. 

In what was formerly called 
Samuelson Chapel, beer, wine and 
spirits will be sold and taxed. 

The emporium will be called 
Samuelson Adamson House of 

We will have our own brand 
of high proof liquor, Kingsmen 
Cobra, distilled from amber waves 
of grain planted in Kingsmen 

3.) We will field offers from 
Anheuser-Busch, Molson-Coors 
and Miller Brewing for rights 
to build a new state-of-the-art 

Mt. Clef 

Stadium will be 
bulldozed and a 
parking lot put 
in its place. 

4.) Sodexo 
shall lose its 

Need I say 

3.) All college 
dormitories will 

now be co-ed and there will be 
no curfew or rules against "sleep- 



Co-habitation will be 


We will use scripture to guide us 
here, "go forth and multiply." 

It's hoped by implementing 
these strategies California 
University will welcome the 
21 s * century with a new sense 
of freedom and the sense of 
responsibility that comes with 
that freedom. 

By leveraging the support 
of corporate sponsors and 
continuing to search for and hire 
the best and brightest faculty 
liquor revenue can buy, California 
will charge to 
the forefront 
of scholastic 
and athletic 

Changes must 
be made. 

If anyone's 

listening I'm 


for a small 

consultation fee. 

Happy April Fools' everyone! 

he school how- 
ever will cease all 
formal ties with the 
church in name and in 
practice if I have my 

Letter to the Editor (Candice "Awesome"Cerro) 

The following was a submission 
in response to the article "Rihanna 
needs sense knocked into her" 
submitted by Rihanna. 

Excuse me Miss Thing, but how ' 
dare you talk about me and my 

I cannot believe that you had 
the audacity to stick your stuck- 
up, little private- 
school nose in my 

Yeah, Chris hit 

So what if he 
broke my nose, 
and so what if he 
decided to run it, 
run it all over my 

It's nothing a 
little time at the 

plastic surgeon can't fix. 
Can you run it, run it? 
Because you better learn, I'll 
be after you too for all your 

What matters is that I love him 
and he loves me. 

We have our differences, but we 
are working on them. 
We will be together forever, 
ever, ever; 
forever on 
the dance 

Plus, let 
me tell you 
you don't 
know about 
the whole 
I hit him 

It felt like I was going 
insane, yeah? Howev- 
er, Chris knows exactly 
what to do so I can't stay 
mad at him for too long, 
it's just wrong. 

first with my umbrella, ella, ella. 

Come on, we all know I'm just a 
good girl gone bad. 

Hey, what can I say, I just wasn't 
feeling his kiss, kiss so he decided 
to take me down. 

It felt like I was going insane, 

However, Chris knows exactly 
what to do so I can't stay mad at 
him for too long, it's just wrong. 

But that whole little incident of 
disturbia in our relationship was 
just the darkness in the light, I am 
now back to doubling his pleasure 
whenever I can. 

And for all that nonsense about 
this whole stupid thing ruining 
my career, you're so wrong. 

How many times have you seen 
my name in the headline the past 

That's right, it's in there almost 
every day. 

This little event is just giving me 
even more and more publicity for 
my upcoming single, a remake of 
the classic 80's song, "Hit Me 
with Your Best Shot." 

So I suggest that you take your 
pretty little mouth and just 
shut up and drive as far away 
as possible so that I never have 
to see your face again, I know I 
definitely wouldn't mind that. 

The following was not actually 
submitted by Rihanna. Instead it 
was the creative, collaborate effort 
of Margaret Nolan, opinion editor 
and Candice Cerro, editor in chief 
in hopes of providing you with a 
good laugh. 

Happy April Fools' Day 

Please Don't 

— m — 

Why Bother? 

California University 


Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 


(805) -we-don't care 


(never use this) 

Letters to the editor are 

welcome on any topic 

related to CLU or to The 


Letters must include the 

writer's name, zodiac 

symbol, relationship status 

and personal info. 

Letters are subject to 

change if they suck. 

April Fools! 



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Septembwrift«2flfla_' 10:15 pm • SUB 



'■■ 1 

Wki, Questions^BU 

Bteor email at need@ca^H 

April Fools' Day! 


The Echo - Page 9 

ASCLU-G dark 
secrets uncovered 

What really 
goes on 

during ASCLU- 
G meetings 

Here's the inside scoop on the 
Associated Students 
of California Lutheran 
better known as 

You know them as 
your peers, friends and 
significant others who 
do their best to put on 
Club-Lu events and 
make things better for 
the school. 

But the truth is, 
ASCLU-G really doesn't — — — 
care about what others 

ASCLU-G members have 
their own agendas rather than 
everyone else's. 

Just look at some of their 

The printer in the SUB, the 
shredder in the mailroom, who 
really uses those? 

How are you as a student going 
to benefit from activTrax in the 
gym, bar stools in Trinity Hall, 
new sub furniture, new volleyball 
standards or chairs for the Black 
Box Theater? 

Maybe we should put seating in 
Mt. Clef and Overton as well. 

Maybe golf carts to transport 
students from class to class. 
Senate has the money, right? 

And then those Club Lu 
nights... those fun drunken 

I mean, er, what? 

No CLU student ever gets 
drunk, right? 

How about Exec Cab? 

Do you know what really goes on 
at those meetings? 

Let me tell you; Mayan White and 
Kyle Hitch are yelling the whole 
time, telling everyone what to do. 

Andrew Brown spent $25 to get 
more paper and pens for the office, 
and they flip. 
Kyle went off about how that was 
a waste of money, and 
Mayan started crying 
because it was her job, 
not Andrew's. 

Jesse Knutson was 
just sitting in ■ the 
corner wide-eyed as 
this whole thing went 
down, not even saying 
a word. 

He's just always so 
quiet and sad. 
Myself, I am the 

real brains of the 

But everyone else just 
doesn't realize that — they're so 

I mean I e-mail Andrew at 8 a.m. 
and he doesn't even get back to me 
until 8:45 A.M. How rude! 

1 can't work like that. How can he 
do that to me? 

How do we all even work 

Maybe that's why things can be 

But overall, I love being on 

You can really do a lot for the 
university but if you know any of 
us on it, we're really not like that. 

So this is when I must explain that 
this has all been fake. 

The names and projects are real, 
but the rest is just a fun satire... 
Happy April Fools everyone! 

And by the way, we really want to 
hear your thoughts and ideas for 
the university. 

Contact your local ASCLU-G 
member today. 

Celebrate capitalism 

Easter is only a week and a half 
away, and 1 can hardly wait 

Most of you are just as anxious, 
probably because this holiday gives 
us students a four-day weekend. 

And sure, extended weekends 
provided by religious holidays are 

Even you atheists can admit 
religion is good for something. 

But I'm particularly excited 
about satisfying my sweet tooth 
with the sugary goodies that the 
Easter Bunny will surely supply me 
with in my Easter basket. 

Yes, I believe in the Easter Bunny. 
And so should you. 

(Bear with me - I gave up 
common sense for Lent.) 

Easter, of course, is 
the holiday in which 
Christians celebrate the 
resurrection of Jesus 
Christ after his death by 

But that story 
sometimes doesn't have 
its desired effect on 

As most of us know, the 
only people that come 
back from the dead are 
zombies or serial killers 
like Jason Voorhees. 

I refuse to believe that Jesus is 
a zombie or a machete-wielding 
mass murderer. 

For one thing, there's nothing in 
the Bible about Jesus devouring 
human brains or wearing a ski 

I wonder if Good Friday has ever 
fallen on Friday the 13 th ? 

Anyway, the Easter Bunny is most 
certainly the real deal. 

A rabbit delivering candy-filled 
baskets house to house seems 
plausible to me. 

And what a wonderful campaign 
this rabbit is running. 

Not only is the Easter Bunny 
delivering sweets to children 
across the world, he's breaking into 

houses to do it 

Santa Claus does practically 
the same thing, 
and there are no 
complaints from 
parents about it. 

The kids just 
love it 

They may not 
admit it to your 
face, but you 
have to believe 
that dentists have 
some sort of pact 
with the Easter Bunny. 

With all that chocolate rotting 
a children's teeth, parents empty 
their wallets to get cavities drilled 
and filled. 

I'm pretty sure 
dentists also have 
some sort of hand 
in the trick-or- 
treating tradition of 

Okay, maybe you 
still don't believe in 
the Easter Bunny. 

At the very least, 
believe in what he 
stands for: capitalism. 

You're not American 

if you don't believe in 

Think of the good that the Easter 
Bunny is doing for our markets. 

Candy sales are up in these tough 
economic times, according to a 
recent New York Times article. 
With candy as cheap as it is, a lot 

And they may not 
admit it to your 
face, but you have to 
believe that dentists 
have some sort of pact 
with the Easter Bunny. 

of people are fitting it into their 

often lift the 
spirit when 
we're feeling 
down, and, 
as The New 
York Times 
article points 
out, candy 
a nostalgic 
reminder of 
better times." 

Candy companies like Cadbury, 
Nestle and Hershey have seen 
profits increase over the recession. 
Willy Wonka has managed not 
to lay off many of the Oompa- 
Loompas at his factory. 

If nothing else, the Easter Bunny 
is encouraging us to spend, spend, 
And what's wrong with that? 
If they haven't already, parents 
will be buying their children those 
elaborate Easter baskets, filled with 
assorted "fun-sized" candy bars 
and marshmallow Peeps. 

And in general, people will give 
into their temptation of having 
Easter- themed candies. 

Lord knows I've already had one 
too many of those Reese's Peanut 
Butter Eggs. 

So, remember the true reasons 
for celebrating Easter: capitalism 
and the resurrection of Christ. 
Not specifically in that order. 

Summer Day Camp Jobs 

Just 1 minutes from CLU! 

Counselors, Lifeguards & Instructors for horses, arts & 

crafts, gym, nature, ropes courses, music & drama, rock 

climbing, animals and more. 

Earn $3275 - $3500+ for the summer 


Sekurity finds a way to give back 

Money from park- 
ing tickets goes to 
a good cause 

My anger went away after 
receiving two CLU parking 
tickets within two 
days when I found 
out that the money 
you pay for these 
tickets goes to 

I returned to 
campus at 12:30 
a.m. and drove 
around the Grace 
parking lot several 
times before 

concluding 1 would 
have to do some - 

I found a spot in front of the 
ELS International Language 
building, jumped out of my car 
and walked quickly indoors. 

The next morning, my car, 
was patiently waiting with a 
lovely bright green envelope in 
the windshield wipers, and a 
ticket totaling $25. 

I had parked in a yellow 
marked spot, but didn't realize 
because it was late and the paint 
was barely visible. 

The next night I 
returned to campus 
around 12:30 a.m. 
facing the same parking 

This time I called 
Security to ensure I 
parked in a correct 
parking spot. 

I obviously didn't 
understand what the 
person had said, since 

the next day I returned 

to my car with another 
green envelope hugging my 

Angered at the $50 I would 
have to pay, I called Dr. Chris 

Kimball, university president. 

We had a long discussion on 
the subject. 

When it was over, I thought, 
"I need to get more parking 

How can this be you ask? 

The money a person pays 
for a parking ticket they have 
received goes to charity. 

Each month the head of 
security chooses a different 
local charity in need, and 
all the money collected that 
month is given directly to the 

In September, when the 
plan was first implemented, 
security chose the local charity 
called Mini Mansions. 

This non-profit organization 
offers tiny housing to women 
and their children who are 
unable to pay for housing. 

Due to the economy, Mini 
Mansions is housing more 
clients then ever. 

The organization is housing 
more than 1,000 women and 

It also offers day programs 
for children 
in order to 
early childhood 

In November, 
the ticket 

money was then 
given to the 
called Canoe 
Valley Women's 

This organization helps 
women who are victims of 
domestic violence. 

After two months of 
collecting ticket money, CLU 
security presented Canoe with 
a check of $3,700. 

This is an incredible amount 
of money. 

Security has decided to give 

all of the money collected from 

the 2009 spring semester to one 


The American 

Each month the head 
of security chooses a 
different local charity in 
need, and all the money 
collected that month is 
given directly to charity. 

Cancer and 
Society, will 
be receiving 
the money, 
and security 
is hoping to 
raise $6500. 

is always 

in need of 

This would 

be a great 

opportunity for CLU students 

to donate money, so break out 

those wallets people. 

Next time you get a parking 
ticket, don't be upset like I 

It's a great way to give back to 
the community. 

So get out there and park in 
the wrong parking spots. 

California Lutheran University 

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Writers caught on steroids 

Cory Schuett 

Professional athletes are no 
longer the only people abusing 
performance-enhancing drugs. 

It seems college students who 
write about sports are also taking 
advantage of steroids. 

Two reporters for The Echo 
were listed among the 104 names 
of collegiate sports journalists 
who tested positive for 
banned substances, 
according to a source 
that wishes to remain 

The list was 
compiled using seized 
documents from the 
Bay Area Laboratory 
Co-Operative, the 
company in the 
middle of Barry 
Bonds' steroid 


The names are being kept 
confidential while investigators 
continue their investigation. 

"We don't know exactly who is 
involved here," News and Sports 
Editor Scott Beebe said. "This 
could be a big blow to the staff of 
The Echo if we have to suspend 
them for an extended period of 

Among the BALCO documents 
taken by the anonymous source 
there were shipping forms to on- 
campus mailboxes and checks 
made out by The Echo. 

The documents begin as early 
as last October and consistently 
continue into the new year. 

Banned substances such as 
Methenolone and Boldenone, 
both anabolic steroids, were 

listed in the shipping forms. 
These substances increase 
protein synthesis and increase 
the buildup of muscle tissue, 
according to Wikipedia. 

"I have no idea what you're 
talking about," Andrew Parrone 
said when approached for a 
comment at a Kingsmen baseball 
game. "Aren't you a 
sportswriter, too?" 

Phone calls to 
other writers went 
unanswered and voice 
mails were not replied 

Stories like this 

are popping up 

around the country. 

Journalism majors 

are entering one of 

the worst job markets 

in history, and many seem to be 

willing to do anything to gain an 


Two reporters for The 
Echo were listed 
among the 104 names of 

collegiate sports journal- 
ists who tested positive 
for a banned substances. 

While the developing report 
would seem like a catastrophic 
setback to the university's 
newspaper, some are not fully 

"I don't really see how steroids 
could even help a writer," said 

Dr. Steven Ames, lecturer in 
communication and faulty 
adviser to The Echo. "Seriously. 
I don't." 

However, the numbers tell a 
different story. 

Since the dates mentioned in 
BALCO documents, the number 
of words per article have gone 
up and the number of AP errors 
and typos have gone down for a 
handful of writers. 

Their leads have been written 
much better, and there has been 
no quote stacking. 

Also, writers are meeting their 
deadlines in astounding fashion, 
and attendance to The Echo Staff 
class on Fridays is at an all-time 

"I would be lying if I said I 
didn't have an inkling something 
like this was going on," Beebe 
said, "but we can't assume 
anything illegal is going on just 

There is no precedent to follow 
in this case as no journalist 
has ever been caught using 
performance-enhancing drugs. 

Nothing is written in The 
Echo's Staff handbook pertaining 
to journalistsand steroids. 

Investigators are still reviewing 
documents and will deliver 
Judicial Affairs subpoenas to 
those suspected of being involved 
by the end of the week. 

"I don't see any major 
punishments being handed 
down in this situation," Ames 
said. "At least I hope not. We 
don't have anyone else to replace 
them, to be honest." 

causes mixed 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo St/iff Writer 

After a lot of careful 
consideration CLU has 
decided to change the school 
mascots from the Kingsman 
and Regal to a yet-to-be- 
determined one. 

One of the big reasons this 
decision has. been made is 
so we can have one mascot 
represent the men and women 
of CLU, and make sure there 
is no favoritism of one mascot 
over another. The question of 
what a Regal actually is will 
no longer come up. 

Many excellent arguments 
from both sides have been 
discussed but it is final. The 
new mascot will be chosen in 
time for the Fall 2009 school 

Once they finally decided 
to speak on this matter, both 
the Kingsmen and Regal made 
sure that their opinions were 

"We have given so many 
years to this school, I don't 
understand why they need a 
new mascot," Regal said. 

"It just doesn't seem right. 
We have represented this 
school very well since day one 
and now there just trading us 
in," Kingsmen added. 

Students around campus 
have mixed feelings. 

Junior Mylene Alarcon is 
one of many students who do 
not agree with the changing 
of the mascot. 

"When I decided to come to 
CLU, I came knowing I would 
be a Regal. Knowing that is 
going to change as I enter into 
my last year here doesn't make 
me happy," Alarcon said. 

"I think the mascot should 
remain as is, because the 
Kingsmen and Regal are what 
helps make CLU, CLU. 

On the other hand there are 
a lot of underclassmen who 
believe that this would be a 
good change for CLU. 

Freshmen Christy Jo Rubley 
believes that the idea of a new 
mascot would be great. 

"It would get rid of any 
confusion people might have 
with the mascots," Rubley 
said. "I never did understand 
why we needed to have one 
for men and one for women." 

Next Monday there will 
be a suggestion box in the 
SUB for students who want 
to weigh in on what the 
new mascot should be. Your 
suggestions will be greatly 
appreciated, as well as taken 
into consideration. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Aragon 
Mike Aragon's favorite animal is now applying to be the mascot. 

April Fools' Day 


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moves to 
Division I 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

A lot of change has been occurring 
on campus lately. New dorm rooms 
are being built for the continuing 
growth of enrollment North 
campus has aiso really improved 
the sports facilities and helped to 
improve the success of all athletic 

One program benefiting the 
most is the Kingsmen football 
team. The past few years have been 
very successful for the Kingsmen 
gridiron athletes. With the growing 
success comes outside recognition. 
In fact, our school has gained tfo 
much recognition and respect from 
outsiders that the decision has been 
made to go NCAA Division I from 
Division III. 

"It's about time" senior defeasive 
end Sawyer Merrill said. "I've always 
felt that this team could play with 
anyone on Saturday afternoons." 

We'll see about that this fall, as the 
Kingsmen move out of the SCLAC 
and jump into the Western Athletic 

CLU's official sponsor will be And 
1, their first sponsorship as a college 
football team. When you hear And 
1 most people automatically think 
basketball. With the tough economic 
times, the company decided to 
branch out and target other athletic 
programs. CLU will be its first 
example of this new campaign. 

As for the competition the men will 
be facing in the fall, the road seems 
tough. However, the confidence to 
still be successful runs high in the 
sights of team captain, Merrill. "We 
can definitely have an undefeated 
season" he said. "We have the talent 
to play with anyone and have a great 
coaching staff?' 

A few of the key matchups will 
come in the preseason when they 
open with a scrimmage against 
USC at the Los Angeles coliseum. 

The very next week, the Kingsmen 
open at home with a very tough 
game against defending national 
champions, the Florida Gators. 

As to why schedule such a tough 
preseason schedule, three teams in 
the Top 25, Merrill said, "we go big, 
' we aren't scared of anyone and we 
want to shock the world and play for 
that national championship." 

One of the biggest tests this season 
will come Week 5 as the team will 
play their first game at a big-time 
program university in front of 
thousands of fans, a huge difference 
than playing in "The Pit," as some 
people call Mt Clef Stadium. 

"Our best games have come on the 
road," Merrill said. "We don't get too 
nervous before games, I can't see the 
attendance being an issue." 

Many people fear that CLU 
stadium is inadequate for a Division 
I program. Last year's All-American 
defensive end and SCLAC defensive 
player of the year, Jacob Calderon 
doesn't feel that way at all. "It may 
be small, but its that close intimate 
feeling we love when we're on the 
field," he said. "We've always had a 
great following; I think it will benefit 
them more than anything." 

Merrill also thinks the current 
stadium is just fine. 

"We're sticking with what we 
got The pit is our home and we 
love the raggedy stands," Merrill 
added. "They bring character to 
our stadium. Bring on the "U" and 
we'll show 'em what a real stadium 
is about" 

You can catch the Division I 
Kingsmen in their home opener, 
here at the beloved "Purple Pit" 
against the defending national 
champion, Florida Gators on Sept. 
12, 2009 at 1p.m. 

"1 think it's a great opportunity for 
the players, coaches and fans alike," 
Calderon said. "I think the team will 
do well, we have the talent to play 
with anyone." 

Quaterback lencho Toiloh looks to le 

Photo courtesy of Erik Hagen 
id the Kingsmen against Division I foes. 

Photo illustration by Eric Vaughn 

Dr. Chris Kimball sells out and considers the alternative to the Red Sox's. 

Kimball leaves the 
'Nation' for pin stripes 

Long time 
Red Sox's fan 
switches teams 

By Zach McVicker 

Echo Staff Writer 

Three years ago, Boston 
Red Sox centerfielder Johnny 
Damon left the team when his 
contract expired and signed 
with the archrival New York" 

He was labeled by Red Sox 
fans as a traitor, was ridiculed 
on talk shows, and booed when 
he returned to play in Boston 
with the Yankees. 

Now on the opposite side of 
the country, Dr. Chris Kimball, 
CLU president has decided 
to follow 

intensity and hatred associated 
with the Red Sox-Yankees 

"It was totally unexpected," 
said junior Adam Czajowski, 
who works in the president's 

"He even used to play this 
soundtrack with all the Red 
Sox players' intro music, and 
there is a picture in his office 
with him wearing a Red Sox 
uniform. If anything I thought 
I would convert him to being 
an Angels fan." 

But perhaps even more 
shocking is the reason behind 
the switch, given Boston's 
recent success. 

The team had not won a 
championship since 1918, but 
in 2004 they broke an 86-year 
title drought. 

It added another World 
Series crown 

"Where can I find a 
team like the old Red 
Sox, one that is bad, with 
chockers... and that led 
me to the Yankees." 

— Dr. Chris Kimball 

in Damon's 

a longtime- 
diehard Red 
Sox fan, 

has decided 
to switch 

a 1 1 e g i a n ce s 
and embrace 
the Yankees 
as his favorite Major League for Kimball. 
Baseball team. "I looked back at the old Red 

"It came to me suddenly," said Sox, and they were terrible," 
Kimball, who grew up 20 miles he said. "They would always 
from Boston's Fenway Park compete, but lose in the end. 
and attended Red Sox games They had a bunch of washed 

in 2007, 

and have 

competed in 
the playoffs 
every year 
since 2003. 

success would 
normally be 
a draw for a 
fan, but not 

regularly growing up. "It will 
take some time, but I believe 
that Red Sox Nation will make 
the switch too." 

The move came as a shock to 
many of those close to Kimball, 
especially considering the 

up players at the end of their 
careers. Now, they are a really 
good team and they win all the 

"I asked myself, 'Where can 
I find a team like the old Red 
Sox, one that is bad, with 

chokers, and lousy players who 
are pathetic and overpaid?' And 
that led me to the Yankees." 

New York missed the playoffs 
last year despite having the 
largest payroll in baseball. 

This season, third baseman 
Alex Rodriguez ($32 million), 
shortstop Derek Jeter ($20 
million), first baseman Mark 
Teixeira ($20 million) and 
pitcher C.C. Sabathia ($14 
million) will combine to make 
more than half of other teams' 
entire rosters. 

Rodriguez also has had to 
deal with the discovery of 
his illegal usage of steroids 
between 2001-03. 

"I also like the fact that the 
Yankees are cheaters," Kimball 
said. "What is their third 
baseman's name? Alex. ..Alex 
something? 1 can root for a guy 
like that." 

Is Kimball afraid of receiving 
the same sort of criticism and 
shunning that Damon received 
for making the switch? 

"Red Sox fans are shortsighted 
and don't understand the real 
tradition," Kimball said. "It 
is important to embrace a 
hopeless loser." 

"You get used to losing. 
It really is much more 
democratic, because you can 
only have one winner, but you 
can have many losers." 

And white Kimball said he 
will always respect the Boston 
teams of old, he has a message 
for Red Sox Nation today. 

"I want them to think back 
to the great history of the 
Red Sox, and that they have a 
chance to reclaim all of that," 
he said. "I hope people will 
join me in this crusade." 

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April Fools' Day 

Baseball ends season with strike 

Players outraged by 
treatment by 
Athletic department 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

In a stunning move, the Cal 
Lutheran baseball team has forfeited 
the rest of their season due to a 
conflict with the athletic department 

Leaders of the team decided to walk 
out on the season after an agreement 
could not be worked out with the 
university regarding benefits for the 

"So you have a few leaders that 
want to be paid to play, receive 
housing and food, and all books that 
are outrageously priced already to 
be paid for," said head coach Marty 

"If you belong to a so-called players 
union it's 'all or nothin.'" 

The athletic department was not 
available for comment 

The players believe they are not 
being fairly rewarded for their 

They represent the university well 
on and off the field, but don't get 
the advantages of athletes at other 

The book store sells Kingsmen 
baseball hats and T-shirts, but the 
team doesn't see any of the profits. 

Slimak has sided with his players 
on this issue, even though he doesn't 
agree with all of their demands. 

He hopes that the two parties can 
come to a reasonable compromise 

"I think if both sides can get to the 
table and discuss the issues, maybe 
someone will give," he said. 

"If the university refuses the play 
for pay option, maybe they will give 
in on the books, housing and food 

New equipment is something the 
players would like to see as part of a 
deal as welL 

"We could really go for more than 
three or four team bats," sophomore 
Colin Gray said. 

"We pretty much all hit bombs, and 
we dent the bats very easily. Playing 
with faulty bats that are dented and 
cracked isn't only a disadvantage; it's 
a safety hazard as well." 

Confronting the 
department on 
these issues sounds 
intimidating, but 
players are prepared 
to get what they 

"We are going to 
miss playing but we 
won't play until our 
demands are met," 
sophomore Travis 
Dadigian said. 

"Facing this problem is like being 
a warrior and fighting a mythical 

After sweeping rival Oxy, the Kingsmen are hanging up the cleats due to contract negotiations. 

athletic beast" 

"Hopefully we can 
come to terms and have 
a peaceful end to this 
dispute... until then our 
backs are turned..." 

— Travis Dadigian 

T h e 
we're coming 
off a three- 
game sweep 
of SCIAC rival 
and had a 
record of 20- 
5 with only 
one loss in 
All the dedication and work that 

Here at the Echo, we all have a pretty good sense of humor so when we 
checked out the calendar and saw that one of our issues fell on April Fools' 
Day... we couldn't resist! We hope you have as much fun reading it as we did 
putting it together. 

resulted in this success is now for 

"The biggest bummer is that all 
our hard work is going to be wasted," 
Dadigian said. 

"Our morning workouts, running 
class and plyometrics that help us get 
bigger, faster, and stronger now won't 
be put to good use. It's back to the 
drawing board." 

Now that their season has been cut 
short, players have a lot of free time 
on their hands. 

Some plan on helping out with 
charities while others look to pursue 

job interests. 

"After I finish my charity work I 
plan on going to the Republic of the 
Congo and possibly joining one of 
the semi-pro baseball teams there," 
Gray said. "I want to enhance my 
world view and see something new." 

The players are open to the 
administration but remain united in 
their stance. 

"Hopefully we can come to terms 
and have a peaceful end to this 
dispute," Dadigian said. "But until 
then our backs are turned and we're 
walking out" 

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Happy April Fools' Day from the entire Echo staff! 


The Echo 

California Lutheran University 

Volume 53, Number 10 

April 29, 2009 

Kimball becomes 7th President 

Top: Dr. Kimball is presented the presidential mace. 

Dr. Kimball addresses the audience about his hopes for the future ofCLU. 

Photos courtesy of Erik Hagen 

By Aaron Hilf 
Echo Staff Writer 

Welcoming in the 7" 1 President 
in California Lutheran. University 
history, the inauguration of Dr. 
Christopher Kimball was both 
historic and memorable for all 
those that were a part of it. 

With events ranging from 
distinguished speakers, to 
President's Day at the Ballpark the 
inaugural weekend culminated 
with the installation service on 
Sunday, April 26. 

"I thought the ceremony was a 
great way to officially welcome 
Dr. Kimball as the President of 
CLU," said sophomore Tyler Lee. 
"I am happy that he is President 
and it was great to have the 
weekend focus around his 

Beginning with a procession 
of the crucifer and student flag 
bearers as well as faculty, staff, 
past presidents, Board of Regents 
and many others, the ceremony 
had many aspects of historical 
tradition as well as those looking 
further into the future of CLU. 

"I was honored to do it because 
of the importance of the event," 
said senior Kevin Holt who 
acted as the crucifer for the 
inauguration ceremony. 

As the crucifer, Holt was 
required to lead the procession 
into the Gilbert Arena and remain 
standing with the cross for the 
remainder of the procession, 
which was no easy feet. 

"I couldn't place the cross in 
its stand until President Kimball 
took his spot on stage," said Holt. 
"So my arms were definitely 
feeling the weight of the cross 
towards the end." 

Rev. Howard Wennes, D.Min 
welcomed the audience of 
students, staff and community 
members to the wonderful event. 

With the Gilbert ^^^^ 
Arena completely 
transformed for the 
occasion, scores of 
people showed up in 
their support for Dr. 1 

Kimball and CLU. 

Along with the audience, and 
the Kingsmen and Regal Quartet, 
the University Wind Ensemble 
performed multiple Hymns for 
the event. Junior Reshai Tate also 
performed for Dr. Kimball and 

the crowd. 

Campus Pastors Scott and 
Melissa Maxwell -Doherty were 
joined by the Bishop of the 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in 
America, Rev. Mark S. Hanson 
as well as Rev. Frank Nausin, 
Chair of the Convocation and 
Rev. Dean Nelson, Bishop of the 
Southwest California Synod. 

All of these religious leaders 
and more came to present their 
prayers and wishes of success for 
Dr. Kimball as he continues in his 
presidency at CLU. 

Gaylyn Talbot, member of the 
presidential selection committee 
and secretary of the Board of 
Regents presented the president 
for his Rite of Installation. 

Dr. Kimball was also presented 
with the presidential medallion 
and mace which both represent 
his status as the president of 

President Dr. Kimball also gave 
his inaugural address which lasted 
26 minutes. 

"I am happy that he is 
President and it was 
great to have the week- 
end focus around his 

— Tyler Lee 

His address covered topics 
ranging from his family to his 
faith and talked about his hope 
for the future of CLU. 

With his warmth and character 
coming through in every word 
he spoke, Dr. Kimball inspired 
and excited all those who will be 
working with him for years to 

Concluding with a prayer led 
by Rev. Scott Maxwell-Doherty, 
the Alma Mater 
written by CLU's 
first president 

Orville Dahl and 
the benediction led 
by Bishop Nelson 
and Dr. Wennes 
the inauguration 
of President Dr. Chris Kimball 
was both a time where CLU could 
look back at where it's come 
from and be excited for where 
it's going. 

For more 


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against P-P. 

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California Lutheran University 

April 29, 2009 

at a Lutheran 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan 

ftiHor Mem Johnson volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity build. 

Students, faculty 
gather to lend 
helping Hand 

By Ben Hogue 

Echo Staff Writer 

The sounds of hammers and drills 
filled the Administration parking 
lot on Saturday for the Habitat for 
Humanity Playhouse Build put 
on by CLU's Community Service 

Volunteers worked from 8 a.m. 
to 4:30 p.m. to put together a 
playhouse to be later auctioned off 
in the Thousand Oaks community. 
Proceeds, often over $10,000, will go 
towards supplies for other Habitat 
for Humanity projects. 

"I wanted to do something 
beneficial for the community 
and also work with friends," said 
sophomore Ember Mitchell, a 
volunteer at the site. "It makes me 
feel good knowing I am helping 

A wide range of people came 
out to participate in the playhouse 
build. Volunteers included students, 
alumni, faculty, staff arid members 
of the executive cabinet including 
President Kimball. 

The event, which highlighted 
CLUs commitment to service and 
justice, was also in conjunction with 
the Inauguration Weekend and the 
many activities students, faculty 
and community members were 
encouraged to participate in. 

"I really love building with Habitat 
and it's not something I get to 
do every weekend," said student 
volunteer Scott Smith, a Senior at 
CLU. "I went on the Biloxi service 
trip and had a lot of fun so I knew 
this would be fun as well." 

People visiting the project 
could watch volunteers at 
work as well as participate in 
other craft service projects at 
the site. 

Crafts included sun catchers 
to be delivered by CLU 
students to retirement centers 
in the local area, letters to 
soldiers to send out by "A 
Million Thanks", and paper 
bag puppets for the Children's 
Hospital of Los Angeles. 

The Community Service 
Center works to connect 
individuals and groups to 
volunteer opportunities 

relating to their interests. 

"Part of the University's 
mission is learning how to 
give back to our world. We try 
to put on events for students 
so they can do just that," said 
Katie Bode, a Community 
Service Center Intern and 
the lead coordinator for the 
Playhouse Build. 

The mission of the CSC is 
to provide an environment 
and programs that promote 
leadership, social justice, 
responsibility, understanding, 
and an appreciation 

of differences through 
opportunities to serve 
and engage communities 

"Having a Community 
Service Center on campus 
shows the character of our 
University," Mitchell said. 

By Kailee Loughlin 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Samuelson chapel was 
packed with students, faculty, 
alumni and members of the 
community on Friday, April 
24 th who all came to listen to 
Dr. Mark Schwehn, Valpraiso 
University's new provost kick 
off the inauguration lecture. 

Schwehn was one of the 
speakers during inauguration 
week and while he could not 
stay for the actual event 
occurring over the weekend, 
he gave an insightful 
lecture on the importance 
of the relationship between 
Lutheranism and the future 
of a Lutheran university. 

"Universities today need 
wisdom above all virtues, 
beyond information, practice 
and skill." Schwehn said. 

As members of a Lutheran 
university, it is our duty to 
set an example of our faith 
by reorganizing the way 
students study, learn and 
grow, but still continue to 
retain and reinforce our 

In order to do this, we must 
communicate with others of 
other faiths and backgrounds 
and remember to use correct 

"The world cannot be 
secular and it would be 
unwise to not include world 
religions." Schwehn said. 

As college students, our 
plans may fall through along 
the way, but we still have a 
calling. Some people, who 
do not have a future path in 
mind, prepare for life, not a 
livelihood and can lead to 
questions of who we are and 
what we've become. 

If you want to make God 
laugh, tell him your plans." 
Schwehn said. "Be faithful." 

CLU's fate in Lutheranism 
is contributed by all beliefs 
nd backgrounds of other 
world religions. 

By shaping and securing the 
university, dynamic change 
can come about. 

"The inclusion of world 
religions is important. I liked 

the point about cultivating 
leaders by being able to write 
and speak well and be able to 
judge the truth." Lisa Loberg, 
the Director of Study Abroad 
at CLU said at the lecture. 

While CLU is still a 
university and not a church, 
metaphorically, students and 
parents of the university 
must live together and open 
windows of transcendence 
toward others. 

"The balance sometimes 
may be too high to maintain, 
but you can succeed through 
hope, gratitude and prayer." 
Schwehn said. 

Several students seated 
in the back rows were also 
interested in what Schwehn 
had to say. 

"I went to the speech for 
extra credit for my Econ 
class." Sophomore lack 
Williams said. "I thought 
he started the inauguration 
weekend off well." 

Use the gifts that God 
granted us for human good 
because we were all saved by 
grace and not by the works of 

"The truth seeking delusion 
is always a power struggle 
and humans will never find 
it." Schwehn said. 

"Lutherans know that all 
the knowledge in the world 
avails to nothing when 
standing in front of God." 


The Festival of Scholars began 
this week on Monday with vari- 
ous panels and the Pi Delta Phi, 
French Honor Society, Induc- 

Tuesday's events included the 
general poster session, the his- 
tory panel, Reel Madness: Vil- 
lains we Love to Hate- A Film 
Series and the Lambda Pi Eta 
induction ceremony (Commu- 
nication Honor Society) among 
other things. 

Tonight the Pi Sigma Alpha, 
Political Science Honor Society, 
Induction will be held on Ped- 
erson Ranch House Lawn at 6 
p.m. and the Psi Chi (Psychology 
Honor Society) and there will 
be various panels on topics like 
civic engagement and commu- 
nity service. 

The Pi Sigma Alpha induction 
will feature keynote speaker 
Colleen Cason of the Ventura 
County Star. 

On Thursday there will be 
lunch with an historian, theolog- 
ical conversations and Reel Mad- 
ness: Villains we Love to Hate- A 
Film Series will continue. 

Also on Thursday, the musical 
Into the Woods will kick off its 
weekend run at 7:30 p.m. at the 
Civic Arts Plaza on Thousand 
Oaks Blvd. 

Finally on Friday, more poster 
sessions will be held and the Fes- 
tival will conclude with a recep- 
tion for participants at 3:00 p.m. 
in Overton Hall. 

The annual Honor's Day Ban- 
quet will be at 5:30 p.m. on Fri- 
day evening and Into the Woods 
will start at 7:30 p.m. again at the 
Civic Arts Plaza. 

For more information on the 
Festival of Scholars, visit the 
events/festival_of_scholars/ or 
call Michele LeBlanc at 805-493- 

Photo by Erik Hagen 

Dr. Mark Schwehn 

April 29, 2009 

History of 
The Echo 

Early growth has led to 
the current publication 

The Echo - Page 3 

By Jonathan McDermott 

Echo Staff Writer 

If you like to keep up with 
current events while you are 
walking to class early in the 
morning, you have a choice 
selection of a few publications 
that CLU has delivered on a daily 

One could choose the USA 
Today or the Los Angeles Times 
or the Ventura County Star; these 
publications have a rich history in 
informing the masses on Monday 
through Sunday. 

Although, it is CLU's own 
publication, The Echo, has a rich 
history all to itself. 

The Echo has been a localized 
publication for the campus since 
the 1960s and has not slowed 

Initially a part of the English 
department The Echo moved to 
the Communication department 
in the 1980s. 

The only major change that 
The Echo has dealt with is its 
emergence into the electronic age 
from a more 
hands on labor 
intensive style 
during the '60s 
through the 

Dr. Michaela 
a history 

professor at 
CLU, wrote for 
The Echo in the 

late 70s and discussed how things 
were different then and also how 
The Echo evolved throughout the 

She explained how The Echo 
during the 70s and '80s was the 
only source of national and local 
news to CLU students because 
there were no other publications 
available on campus. 

She said The Echo offices were 
spread all over campus. 

For instance, the headquarters 

for The Echo back in the day 

was located in the Student Union 


The staff also had to typeset 

the issue where the Welcome 
Center is today. 

Another interesting fact 
about the early years of The 
Echo is that all issues were 
printed by the Thousand Oaks 
News Chronicle, which is now 
the Ventura County Star, in a 
building on Thousand Oaks 
Boulevard where the 24-Hour 
Fitness building is now. 

Reaves also expressed how 
the staff had to do everything 
manually when creating issues 
for The Echo like doing layouts 
by hand. 

"Doing it by hand, it 
was delightful," she said 

An interesting freeze frame of 
time during the history of The 
Echo was during the politically 
charged period of time during 
the Vietnam War. 

Reaves expressed how The 
Echo was very involved in the 
anti-war protest in Thousand 
Oaks during that turbulent 
She distinctly remembers 
when The 

Photo courtsey of Eric Hagen 


Echo has been a 
localized publica- 
tion for our campus 
since the 1960s and has 
not slowed since. 

Echo covered 
and was 

involved in an 
anti-war walk 
that was held 
on Moorpark 
Road back in 
the 70s, which 
was completely 
closed off by 
police just for 
the protest. 

The April Fool's Day issue was 
still as popular then as it is today 
with roots back in the 70s. 

A very interesting fact about 
these previous April Fool's Day 
issues of the past was that they 
were often sponsored by the 
local Sperm Bank. 

So the next time you have to 
choose between the various 
publications that are offered 
at CLU (o read before class or 
maybe even during class choose, 
The Echo. 

It has a richer history than you 
may think. 

Dr. Ellis lones discusses how to be more environmentally and socially responsible. 

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Echo Staff Writer 

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Students were encouraged to 
make a positive difference in the 
world by changing some of their 
daily actions by Dr. Ellis Jones 
when he spoke to an Earth Day 
audience at Samuelson Chapel. 

(ones, author of "The Better 
World Handbook" and "The Better 
World Shopping Guide," spoke on 
"bringing social change down to 

He highlighted some main 
points from his books on social 
responsibility of the general 

"It's all about individuals and 
having them take action in their 
own lives," Jones said. 

In our everyday existence, people 
can make an impact in our world 
by creating social sustainable 
changes. He emphasized how small 
changes can make a big difference 
from how a person spends his 
or her money to riding a bike to 

Jones oudined five important 
steps one should make in 
order to make a change. First, 
articulate a personal vision of a 
better world. Second, seek out 
quality information about global 
problems. Third, uncover practical 
options for action. Fourth, act 
in line with values. The fifth step 
is to recognize limits. Following 
these steps will help one have hope 
and do something about a certain 
global problem. 

He also explained the seven 
foundations for a better world. 
These include economic fairness, 
comprehensive peace, ecological 
sustainabiliry, deep democracy, 
social justice, simple living and 
revitalized community. 

Jones conducted extensive 
research on commonly purchased 
products and rated them from A 
to F, like an academic scale, based 
on their records of social and 
environmental responsibility over 
the last twenty years. 

He put all of his findings 
together and created "The Better 
World Shopping Guide". The 
book contains household items, 
clothing, groceries, gas, electronics 
and more. It is small enough to 
keep in a pocket and ranks every 
product on the shelf from A to Z. 

It is a great tool to carry around 
when shopping as a reference 
to how the product is rated in 
sustainabiliry. This is a perfect 
example of a small change that a 
consumer can implement in their 
daily life to make a big difference in 
the world. 

Jones asked the audience "What 
kind of impact does your dollar 

Not many people are aware that 
the products they purchase have 
a major impact on the world and 
every dollar makes a difference. 

"It is important to know where 
all the goods you are buying come 
from," senior Allyson Hallam said. 
"We have a lot of power when 
we buy products, so choosing a 
product that we have researched 
and can rely on to make sustainable 
choices is a great step we can take to 
make a difference." 

The top 10 companies based 
on their overall records of social 
and environmental responsibility 
are Seventh Generation, Working 
Assets, Eden Foods, Organic Valley, 
Clif Bar, Honest Tea, Patagonia, 
Tom's of Maine, Ben and Jerry's 
and Aveda. 

"I have actually read both of 
his books. "His Better World 

Handbook" was assigned to me in 
one of my sociology courses and I 
have read his second book because 
it is a quick read with really valuable 
information," Hallam said. 

"I would definitely recommend 
his books to other students because 
they are so accessible. What Dr. 
Jones does in a great way is to 
provide academic research and 
ideas to people in an interesting 
and understandable way." 

Jones discussed the many 
different hats that he wears as an 
activist, sociologist, teacher and 

He joined the Peace Corps where 
he spent two years in Panama doing 
environmental education where he 
gained his passion for teaching. 
He said that it was a wonderful 
experience and recommends it to 

Jones gives presentations across 
the country and teaches sociology 
at UC Davis. 

"I'm dedicated to bringing 
sociology to a public forum," he 

He gave students advice on 
making a persona] change, 
instructing that each person 
should make a small change in 
their daily life for something they 
are personally passionate about 

His book on iTunes and can 
be read right from an iPhone. 
This allows you to access it while 
shopping to see how a certain 
food or clothing store is rated in 
sustainabiliry before making a 

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the 
International Sociology Honor 
Society, sponsored the event. 
The aim of AKD is to investigate 
humanity for the purpose *of 

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April 29, 2009 

Around the Campus 

April 29 

April 30 

May 1 



May 2 

Holocaust Remembrance Service 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Common Ground 

9 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

The Need: Carly Escoto 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

Festival of Scholars 

All Day, Campuswide 

Into the Woods 
7:30 p.m. T.O. Civic 
Arts Plaza 

Festival of Scholars 

All Day, Campuswide 

CLU on the Road: Santa 
Barbara Zoo 

10 a.m. Santa Barbara 

Into the Woods 

7:30 p.m. T.O. Civic Arts Plaza 

Into the Woods 

7:30 p.m. T.O. Civic Arts Plaza 



May 3 

May 4 



May 5 

Next week on campus 

Lord of Life Student 

6: 15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Into the Woods 

7:30 p.m. TO. Civic Arts Plaza 

Peter Tokofsky, 

Art and Memorials: The 

Aesthetics of Remembering 

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Celebration of Service - 

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Student display documents 24 hours 

Multimedia students highlight the CLU campus, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles with Project 24 

By Michelle Schwartz 

Echo Staff Writer 

Last week the halls of the 
Humanities building were 
suddenly filled with more 
than 20 banners displaying 
pictures and maps of CLU, 
Thousand Oaks and Los 

This gallery is called Project 
24 and all the students in the 
advanced multimedia class 
put it on. Multimedia students 
do this project every year, but 
it always looks completely 

The project 
displays CLU, 
T.O. and 

L.A. in a 24- 
hour span. 
In shifts, the 
took a video 
camera and 
a digital SLR 
camera out 

around all three areas for a 
full 24 hours. The main idea 
of this project is to show a 
full day in the life of each 

Students have been working 


Sidebotham and Dinsmore 
worked together to design the 
banners, organize hundreds 
of pictures, design maps and 
create a story within each 

"I wanted to give each 
banner not only a story, but 
a great design," Sidebotham 
said. "In the past there weren't 
always the most interesting 
background on the banners, 
so I tried to make each one 
unique and iconic." 
Project 24 isn't just displayed 
in the art 
gallery. A 

coffee table 
book was 

also made for 
the project. 
Junior Chase 
Hamano was 
assigned to 
take over the 
production of 
the book, 
the book will 
not only have pictures but 
stories as well. Each student 
in the multimedia class will 
contribute his or her own 
story and pictures. Although 

"The most enjoyable 
part of this project was 
seeing it all come to- 

— Travis Sidebotham 



Students observe the walls in the Humanities building, which are adorned v 

on this project since the fall Project 24 has been going 

of 2008. Senior multimedia on for several years, this will 

major Travis Sidebotham was be the first year it will have 

in charge of putting together a third element: a Web site, 

the gallery. He was asked to 

take over this necessary job Because of his interest in 

by multimedia instructor, Web design, junior Erik 

Dan Restuccio. Mathre was put in charge of 

Sidebotham's gallery building the Web site, 

assistant was Hannah "I have been working on 

the Web site since a week 
before the |spring] semester 
started. I have probably put 
in an average of 15 hours a 
week just getting things to fit 
perfectly," Mathre said. "I did 
not have any help building 
the Web site from any other 
students, but I did get some 
consulting from the Web 
masters of CLU, Erik Hagen 

and Art Miller." 

Overall, all students said 
they enjoyed working on this 
project. Although it was very 
time consuming and at some 
points very challenging, they 
all said it was worth it. 

"The most enjoyable part 
of this project was seeing it 
all come together last week," 
Sidebotham said. "With 

Photo by Doug Barnett 
th-work from Project 24. i 01 

— f- 

the help of CLU's printing 
services and a handful of 
classmates, it came together 
better than I could have ever 

"I do enjoy the work on the 
project because I know it will 
help me with new projects and 
it has really made me work 
hard for the achievement of 
completion," Mathre said. 

Accomplished composer performs at CLU 

Composer Eric Whitacre and soprano Hila Plitman perform for CLU presidential inauguration 

president. His presence at the 
concert was acknowledged and 
appreciated by students and 
the local community. 

By Emily Peterson 

Echo Staff Writer 

The CLU Chapel was packed 
full of community members 
and students, waiting in 
anticipation of the amazing 
musical talents of Eric 
Whitacre and Hila Plitmann 
who performed for the 
seventh annual music concert 
on Friday. 

Whitacre is a composer, 
conductor and lecturer. 
Soprano Hila Plitmann was 
featured at this concert 
along with the CLU Choral 
Ensembles. The audience was 
anxious to hear the new pieces 
presented at the concert. 

"Eric Whitacre is a big 
inspiration and I am excited 
he is visiting CLU" senior 
Adam Erickson said. 

Whitacre had no professional 
training before the age of 
18, when he attended the 

University of Arizona. 

Plitmann started singing 
when she was in high school 
and she enjoys working with 
contemporary music that has 
been composed within the 
last century. 
Her style and 
serve as an 

and Plitmann 
Juliard School 
of Music 

where they met and have been 
married for more than 1 1 years. 
During the introduction of the 
concert, Whitacre mentioned 
that many of their songs are 
beautiful and personal poems 
that act as snapshots of how 
they were when the two artists 
starting dating. 

Freshman Kelsey 

Blassingham said that she is 

"glad CLU offers these sorts of 

events where students are able 

to come support the show." 

Musical events are beneficial 

at universities 

because they 

allow students 

to be exposed 

to many 


genres of 

music and 


styles which 


otherwise be 

overlooked by most college 


"I sang Eric Whitacre's song 
called 'Sleep' my senior year 
of high school, so it is good 
to finally be able to see him 
in person," said Kelly Fry, a 
junior and former singer in 
the CLU choir. 

The concert was presented 
in conjunction with the 
inauguration of Dr. Chris 
Kimball, new university 

"Eric Whitacre is a big 
inspiration.,.1 am excited 
he is visiting CLU." 

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April 29, 2009 

Nothing can stop senior Stevens' spirit 

By Mayan White 
Special to The Echo 

Senior Michelle Stevens stays 
responsible and tests herself 
regularly. She plans ahead for 
low blood sugars by carrying 
juice and a snack. If she has 
an extra snack, she shares with 
hungry friends. 

Stevens has a sweet tooth but 
she doses for it with the proper 
amount of insulin based on the 
carbohydrates. The same goes 
for all food 
she consumes. 
She exercises 
as much as her 
schedule allows 
because it helps 
stabilize her 
blood sugar, 
even into the 
next day. 

One of the 
23.6 million 

people in the U.S. who has been 
diagnosed with diabetes, Stevens 
will graduate from CLU with 
a bachelor's in exercise science 
and sports medicine with an 
emphasis in human performance 
and study and volunteer in 
Lima, Peru, in June. Stevens will 
continue her education at George 
Washington University to earn 
a master of exercise science in 
clinical exercise physiology. 

While anticipating Christmas, 

as most 5-year-olds do, she 
remembers losing a lot of weight 
and feeling very dehydrated, 
even though she was constantly 
drinking water. 

"This was my body's way of 
dealing with my high blood sugar 
due to a lack of insulin being 
produced," Stevens said. 

"I got really sick at the 
kindergarten Christmas party 
and when my parents came 
home from work I was so weak 
I couldn't lift myself from the 

She calls 

it staying 

proactive, but 
anyone who 
takes a look at 
her schedule 
would need to 
borrow a few 
of her snacks to 
have the energy 
to keep up with 

"Michelle is aware of how being 
involved at school enhances her 
whole experience here" fellow 
student Jessica Kolstad said. 

This year she was member 
of CLU's Orientation Staff, 
a member of the University 
Hearing Board, CLU choir and 
inner tube water polo team. 

This fall, she started the Swing 
N' Lindy Club, was a Wellness 
intern in the Student Life 

"People with that 
much energy and pas- 
sion are hard to come 
by... [Stevens] brings out 
the best in people." 

— Amanda Whealon 

office, and participated with the 
Community Service Center's 
Justice on the Border trip. 

"People with that much 
energy and passion are hard 
to come by," said Amanda 
Whealon, coordinator of Student 
Leadership and Programs. "She 
brings out the best in people." 

However busy Stevens gets at 
CLU, supporting others with 
diabetes never takes a backseat. 

"I have been blessed with a 
strong social network of diabetics. 
I was a camper for 10 summers 
at Camp Conrad Chinnock in 
Angelus Oaks (San Bernardino 
County). Some of my best friends 
were campers with me. Some of 
us are on staff together now." 

Along with camp, she has also 
been involved with Pediatric 
Adolescent Diabetes Research 
and Education Foundation, 

which allows her to stay in contact 
with campers, staff members and 
other diabetics throughout the 
year through monthly social 

With all she has accomplished 
so far, the disease can't seem to 
get in her way. 

"Diabetes can be serious, but 
we always joke around and have 
fun," Stevens said. "It's the best 
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The Echo - Page 7 

Music column: Iron and Wine 

By Desiree D'Arienzo 

Echo Staff Writer 

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, 
"without music life would be a 
mistake." Nietzsche was a man 
of many words and his ideas 
were so post-modernistic. Music, 
when it's good, can evoke the 
same message with its sound. At 
this point in time it's not about 
moving forward. It's about moving 
back in time, creating something 
different while still recognizing the 
past. See, right now the music of 
today has been getting inspiration 
from the past or recreating songs 
of the past. Either way, the past 
is where music is heading. I love 
when artists have a new take on 
an old idea. For instance, the next 
artist that I will be featuring is 
putting his own indie spin on 
folk music. His organic attitude 
and literary eloquence brings out 
a mesmerizing sound that people 
should not ignore. So, enjoy and 
please go listen to Iron and Wine. 

Artist to Watch: Iron and Wine 

Iron and Wine is the stage and 
recording name for Samuel Beam. 
His music career has consisted of 
many albums under the Iron and 
Wine title, a variety of singles and 
an entire EP collaboration with 

Beam is an extremely talented 
musician and well-established 
songwriter. He plays the guitar, 
banjo and a couple other 
instruments,, which are all in 
some way included in his records. 
Beam's lyrics are unique and his 
sound is quite distinct in its own 
respect. Iron and Wine's music has 

been compared to that of Elliott 
Smith and Simon and Garfunkel. 
Their albums are innovative and 
theme-driven accounts of Beam's 
experience and thought. 

In 2002, Iron and Wine released 
its first album, "The Creek Drank 
the Cradle." This album was a gem 
in a sea of washed out records from 
artists that seemed not to stand 
out. Beam recorded the entire 
album in his home studio. 

"Lion's Mane" is an epic song 
that to this day is still one of my 
favorites by Iron and Wine. The 
ballad is outstanding, although 
some can be thrown off by his old 

He followed up with the release 
of "The Sea and The Rhythm." This 
EP could almost be considered an 
extension of "The Creek Drank the 
Cradle" due to the sound being so 
reminiscent of it. 

Then in 2004, Iron and Wine 
released "Our Endless Numbered 
Days" that was recorded in an 
actual professional studio. 

The album was still highly 
focused on the acoustic sound, but 
a new sound emerged upon the 
addition of other members. 

"The Shepherd's Dog" was the 
next album to be released. This 
album was released in 2007 and 
was a phenomenal album with an 
undeniable following. 

Beam has also been asked 
to feature his songs on several 
soundtracks. Garden State was the 
first soundtrack he was featured on 
for his cover of The Postal Service's 
song "Such Great Heights." 

The Iron and Wine single "Naked 
as We Came" was featured in shows 
like "The L Word" and "Grey's 

Other songs were featured in 
"One Tree Hill," the movie "In 
Good Company," the Bob Dylan- 
based movie "I'm Not There" and 

The song "Flighdess Bird, 
American Mouth" is the selection 
made for the "Twilight" soundtrack 
and let me tell you it is hands 
down one of the most beautifully- 
disturbing songs that I have ever 
heard. The song is written in waltz 
tempo and the lyrics on top of that 
create this awkwardly satisfying 
song. It is raw and full of passion. 
That's what I love in a song. 

Iron and Wine has performed 
many shows including Bonnaroo 
in 2005. Iron and Wine in that 
sense has the ability to reach 
people through music. Beam is an 
extraordinary artist and deserves 
to be out spreading his art to 
everyone who will listen. 

So, enjoy his music and 
remember what Nietzsche said, 
"without music life would be a 

Favorite Iron and Wine Songs: 
"Flighdess Bird, American Mouth" 
and "Such Great Heights" 

Favorite Iron and Wine Album: 
"The Creek Drank the Cradle" 

Upcoming Shows: 

6 - Iron and Wine, San 

(Swedish American Hall) 

7 - Iron and Wine, San 

(Swedish American Hall} 

8 - Iron and Wine, Los Angeles, 
(Masonic Hall) 

9 - Iron and Wine, Los Angeles 

The Fashion Plate: 

A well-balanced serving each week 

By Heather Taylor 

Echo Staff Writer 

All the buzz 

If you havebeen past the storefront 
windows of Anthropologic lately, 
you may have noticed handmade 
hives and bottles of honey on 
display alongside the mannequins. 
From Rockefeller Center to San 
Jose, this is not a new nationwide 
fashion campaign for the store. 

Anthropologic is celebrating 
Earth Day by raising awareness of 
the decline of the honey bee. Since 
2006, a phenomenon called Colony 
Collapse Disorder has led to the 
death of over a third of honeybees 
in the United States. 

The loss of the honeybee affects 
fruit and vegetable crops, nuts and 
spices including cinnamon. With 
no real cause behind the disorder, 
scientists are searching for the 
reasons behind the loss of the bees. 
Edun, an online eco-friendly 
clothing site founded by All 
Hewson and Bono, will team up 
with Anthropologic to create "bee 
tees," graphic T-shirts made of 100 
percent organic cotton. Available at 
select Anthropologic locations, the 

shirts will spread recognition about 

the disappearing honeybees. 

Now that's sweet. 

The bows and the bees 

Every now and then, a girl's gotta 
channel her inner Blair Waldorf. 

Portrayed by Leighton Meester 
on Gossip Girl, Blair schemes to get 
what she wants without any regard 
to how it will affect others. And she 
does it all impeccably dressed with 
her signature headbands. 

Forever 21 has the corner on 
decadent headbands in rich teal 
silks and classic black satin. With 
additional adornments like flowers 
and pearls, you can turn an outfit 
on its ear just by sliding a headband 
on. I recommend any with striking 
shades for a pop of color or 
headbands with veils attached for. 
'40s pinup glam. 

If you crave a bow instead, 
Keira is the place to be. At, leather hair 
bows in gold and metallic pink 
are sold alongside the ankle bow, 
a bow meant to be worn around 
your ankle that can take any shoe 
and accentuate it up big time. 

Established by Edinburgh College 
of Art graduate Keira Thorley, Keira 
holds the philosophy of creating 
looks arc that strong and feminine 
while remaining beautiful. Marilyn 

Monroe and Bertie Page are among 
two of the ladies who have inspired 
Keira's collections and soon to 
include a one Miss Blair Waldorf 
on that list. 

Hostess with the mostess 

I've got a confession to make. 
I'm a dunce in the kitchen. While 
my friends are making four course 
meals entirely from scratch, I'm 
toasting a tray of Pop Tarts and 
breaking them apart in an attempt 
to look like I've been baking. 

Chef supreme or Chef Boyardee, 
with the aprons in Elizabeth 
Scokin's Haute Hostess line, one 
can perfect the look of the cocktail 
hostess anytime. 

Three different lines are in the 
collection. Glam It Up are the classic 
aprons available in a wide variety of 
hues with names like Fifi and Mimi. 
Glam It Up Luxe takes the apron to 
the next step with patterns, ribbons 
and glitter detailing. 

Give Me Sugar is the only 
collection with the aprons styled to 
the waist only for special occasions 
like Halloween and Sorority Girl. 

These aprons are all 50 percent 
off on the site for a limited time so 
be sure to catch one before they're 

"What advice do you have 
for graduating seniors?" 

"Good luck finding a 

Anthony Williams 

"Stay in school as 
long as you can." 

'Take a year off." 

Jamie Donnelly 

"Make a lot of 

Alana Boyd 

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Go get Stuft 

Great food at 
incredible prices 
make it perfect 
for students 

You may only know Stuft 
Bar and Grill for its amazingly 
cheap Stuft sticks or a pint of 
its Honey Blonde beer, but the 
restaurant does so much 
more for the students 
of CLU and the local 
community than merely 
fill our stomach without 
emptying our wallets. 

Some of you have 
perhaps attended the 
mixers at Stuft Pizza this 
year for CLU's lacrosse 

With the help of Stuft, 
the team was able to buy 
real uniforms for the 
first time. 

"We looked a lot better than 
ever before because our uniforms 
matched and fit everyone the way 
a uniform is, supposed to," said 
Bert'Streeter of the lacrosse team. 

"I think the uniforms also 
sparked something in us. Since 
the minute we opened to the 
box to the end of the season, the 
men's lacrosse 
team has never 
done better." 

The owners of 
Stuft, TJ Patel 
and Raj Gujral, 
feel it's extremely 
important to get 
involved with 
CLU because of 
the culture of 

"We want students to find 
another place to feel at home," 
Patel said. 

"We like to give students special 
discounts because we know they 
can't afford expensive prices." 

You might be familiar with four 
dollar Stuft sticks on Mondays, 
25 percent off with college IDs 
on Thursdays and the everyday 
happy hour prices from 3 to 6 

All of these great deals are 
designed to give college students 
a fun place to hang out at prices 
they can afford. 

Now with the addition of a 
full bar, Stuft has extended these 
discounts and mixed drinks can 
be purchased during happy hours 
seven days a week for around four 

Gujral and Patel also catered the 
Go For Green Concert at CLU 
this year, offered sponsorships 
for Admitted Student's Day and 
Freshmen Orientation Week and 
raised funds for Rwanda relief as 

In addition to its many 

Candice Cerro 
Editor in Chief 

If you haven't visited 
Stuft Pizza, you must 
stop by for a beer, wings 
pizza or maybe even a 
mixed drink from its 
newly-stocked, full bar. 

charitable partnerships and 
donations to the university, 
Stuft also feeds the starving 
editors of The Echo every 
Monday as we put together 
that week's issues in exchange 
for one small advertisement in 
the paper. 

The owners of Stuft don't 

only reach out to CLU, the list 

of local organizations they have 

sponsored is endless. 

The Salvation Army, AIDS 

relief for African 

youth, the local 

Kiwanis, Conejo 

Valley Little League, 

Thousand Oaks 

Baseball Booster 

Club, Military 

Veterans, Westlake 

Village Junior 

Women's Club and 

many more. 

"Raj and TI own a 
local business that is 
~~ trying to do things 
for the community just as a •big 
corporate business does, and in 
this economy I think that says a 
lot," Streeter said. 

Many CLU students showed 

their support for Stuft Bar 

and Grill when it petitioned 

to get a liquor license in recent 


By writing letters and showing 

up at the 



sent a clear 

message that 

they wanted 

to help the 


they love so 


wanted a 
liquor license to be competitive 
in the market with the 
downturn in the economy," 
Patel said. 

"We want our customers to 
have more variety and we don't 
want to lose business because 
of limited options." 

Stuft Bar and Grill plans to do 
many more events with CLU 
in the coming years including 
a lacrosse formal coming up 
in May. 

If you haven't visited Stuft 
Pizza, you must stop by for a 
beer, wings, pizza or maybe 
even a mixed drink from its 
newly-stocked full bar. 

The food is great, the drinks 
are awesome and the prices are 
even better. 

Plus, with televisions 
everywhere you turn, it is hard 
to miss a single sporting event. 
So the next time you're bored, 
grab your friends and head 

You are sure to have a great 
time and leave pleasantly Stuft. 

inco de Mayo 

May 5th 2009 4 p.m. 

>0 Habanera Wings 

$4 House Margaritas 

our new mexican pizza 

Beth knows best 

Sometimes your 
gut instinct is 
the best advice 

The new phenomenon, a craze if 
you will, is "Britain's Got Talent." 

It begins with a 47-year-old 
woman named Susan Boyle. 

Strange woman with an 
amazing voice. 

I mean I had no idea. 

First I see her on the news, then 
youtube, now everyone 
is asking more about 

From neverbeen kissed, 
to her appearance.. .you 
name it, it's being asked. 

When she started 
singing "I've Dreamed 
a Dream" from "Les 
Miserables," I almost 
cried. What a beautiful 

Then the 1 2-year- 
old wonder, Shaheen 

Jafargholi, he came out 
singing Amy Winehouse. But 
then Simon Cowell stopped him 
and asked him to sing another 

His Michael Jackson song was 

He has a great future ahead of 

Now, I have known this show 
existed and youtube it from time 
to time, but never as much as I 
do now. 

If you have some time, scratch 
that, make time to watch some 
more "Britain's Got Talent." 

Watch Flawless, an amazing 
dance crew, Good Evans, a 
family singing group and Greek 
Irish Dancers who are just 

On a totally different subject, I 
want to answer some questions 
and leave you with 
some advice. 

Some of you keep 
asking how I deal 
with not having my 
fianc^ around all the 

Well, it's hard, but 
you deal. I just try 
to keep myself busy 
and keep friends 
We also keep in 

touch with Skype, 

e-mail, AIM 

and occasional short phone 
calls.. .those things make him 
seem a little closer and keep us 
involved with what's happening 
with each other. 

Electronic Communication 
makes this relationship so much 

I even occasionally have him 
look over my papers and articles 
for The Echo. 

There are some times when it 
feels almost easier to be more 
involved without having him 
here, as awful as that sounds. 

I have more time to do things 
and spend with friends. 

I wish he was here everyday, yet 
I know that's not an option. 

So, we both try to make the 
best of it, cherish the times we do 
get to spend together, and look 
forward to a time when we'll be 
together more. 

Finally, I'd like to give you some 
parting advice. 

You don't always have to listen 
to people when they give you 
advice about your relationship, 
because who knows it better than 

Sometimes a friend's advice is 
goocl, but sometimes you know 
better than your friend does 
what's best for you. 

Remember, every relationship is 
different; just because something 
worked for someone else doesn't 
mean it will work for you. 

I've enjoyed our time together 
in this column and hope you 
have, too. 

Have a great end of the school 

April 29, 2009 


The Echo - Page 9 

Four years isn't enough 

As the spring semester nears 
its end, senioritis has started to 
set in for me. 

And I'm not even graduating. 

However, at the same 
time, it makes sense 
that I should have this 
sudden lack of drive 
with less than three 
weeks to go. 

Technically, I am part 
of the class of 2009. 

Two years ago, 
I transferred to 
Cal Lutheran after 
spending two years at 
Moorpark College. 

Yet, some of my 
classes didn't transfer 
along with me. 

How was I supposed to know 
that advanced basket-weaving 
wouldn't count? 

So I am part of the class of 
2009. Fall 2009, that is. 

Last fall, I decided to declare 
a minor in hopes that it would 
push me back another semester. 

There's nothing wrong with 
graduating in the winter, but I 
decided that if I was going to 
be here for one more semester, I 
might as well make it one more 

Even so, according to the 
Registrars Office, I have 14.5 
credits left to go. 

So, next year, I will be 
somewhat of a fifth-year senior. 

And I'm cool with that. 

I've already registered for my 
classes next semester, all three of 
them. 12 credits total. 

I am determined not to finish 
on time. 

And I'm very excited about it. 

I think that might require a bit 
of an explanation. 

Good thing too, because I still 
have more than 250 words to go 
on this bad boy. 

Some students get 
really excited about 
finally graduating 
from college and 
going out into the real 

But now is not the 
time to have that 

I don't mean to be a 
Debbie Downer, but 
our economy is in the 
figurative toilet. 

I'm excited that I do 

not have to enter the 

job market right now because this 

is a difficult time to get a career 


To my 

friends who 
are graduating 
this year, I 
wish you the 
best of luck. 

But I'll 

be around 

campus next 

And that's 
that I am 
looking forward to. 

I don't know about you, but I 
love this university. 

During the last two years, I 
have met some unforgettable 
people and have made lasting 

People say to not have regrets, 
but personally, I do have some 
regret at not getting to spend 

I don't know about you, 
but I love this uni- 
versity. In the last two 
years, I have met some 
unforgettable people 
and have made lasting 

all four years of my post-high 
school education at CLU. 

The fact that I get to spend one 

more year here is exciting to me. 

Along with being a transfer 

student, I have been a commuter 

student for the past two years. 

Growing up in Thousand 
Oaks, I've lived my entire life 
at home. 

And while I have been a fairly 
involved student at CLU, one 
thing that I haven't been able to 
enjoy in my college life is living 
on campus. 

Next year, I will get to 
experience that. 

This is the one thing that I look 
forward to most of all. 

I look forward to it most of all 
because I will be living in Mogen 
with my best friend. 
All together now: "Awww!" 

As for this 
semester, this is 
the last regular 
issue of The 
Echo for the 

Next week will 
be the Grad 

And, in turn, 
this is my last 
column for you, 
my devoted, 
loyal, would-jump-in-front-of- 
a-bus-to-save-me readers. 
However, fret not. 
If you so dearly desire another 
column from me at any time 
next year, feel free to let me 

I shouldn't be too hard to 
I'm the conceited-looking guy. 

Plan B for 17 

Plan B, also known as "the 
morning after pill," is now available 
to 17-year-olds. 

The Food and Drug Association 
(FDA) recentiy lowered the age 
from 18, in order to comply with 
a federal court judge's ruling, and 
the FDA says an appeal is not in 
the future. 

Many people are arguing that 
Plan B should not 
be available to 17- 
year-olds without a 

I on the other hand, 
think it is good that 
young girls have 

Plan B is not an 
abortion pill; it only 
prevents a girl from 
getting pregnant in 
the first place. 

Plan B prevents a 

fertilized egg from 

attaching itself to the wall of the 


Plan B is a set of two pills that can 
be taken within 72 hours of having 
unprotected sex and is basically a 
higher dosage of a regular birth 
control pill. 

The pill does not interfere with 
an existing pregnancy and is 
shown to be highly effective. 

Plan B lowers a woman's chances 
of getting pregnant by 89 percent. 

Will sexual practices increase 
now that Plan B is offered over the 

I think this is the question on 
everyone's mind and no I don't 
believe it will. 

First, I don't believe by giving 
17-year-olds the opportunity 
to purchase Plan B, the sexual 

activity rate will increase because 
those who are active will continue 
being active. 

On the other side of the spectrum, 
those who do not engage in sexual 
activities most likely will not be 
persuaded because a new form of 
prevention is available. 

My next point is the cost of Plan 

'It ranges from $35 - $60 
per purchase. 

I was 17-years-old 
when I got my first job, 
and I was not making 
enough money to be 
able to consistently buy 
something that cost that 

If a parent is giving his 
or her child that much 
money on a regular 
basis they should be 

questioning what the 

money is being used for, 
and if the daughter is honest, then 
it is time to get a prescription for 
birth control. 

Also, birth control costs less then 

I realize it's more of a hassle to 
have to take daily, but your saving 

Finally, I think it is better that 
girls have this option rather than 
having to face parenthood. 

Not all teens are thinking that 
they can have sex and then go out 
and buy the morning after pill, 
they now know that if something 
happens there it.. a back-up plan,*. 

Teens are not capable of being 
parents, and if it lowers the 
percentage of teen pregnancies, 
then that fact alone makes the age 
change a wise choice. 

Saving the world with toilets 

Every year around this time 
people start talking green. 

For some it's because they're 
plotting on how to spend their 
tax refund, for others it's because 
of Earth Day. 

Depending on who you talk to, 
a week ago, the nation celebrated 
either its 39 ,h or 40 ,h Earth Day on 
April 22. 

Just as people rushed out and 
bought Prius' to validate how 
environmentally conscious they 
were, so did people rush out to 
do something special for Earth 

What about the other 
364 days out of the 

Climate change, I 
don't like the term 
"global warming" 

(some areas are getting 
wetter and colder), is 
a very real threat for 
many of us on this blue 

So why then do 
we think about our 
environmental impact 
only on "Earth" day? 

For some low-lying coastal 
areas and many island nations, 
sea level rise threatens to drown 
whole communities. 

Other areas, i.e., California, face 


the immediate threat of running 
out of water. 

Due to population booms and to 
one of the worst droughts in recent 
years, California is facing a water 

The other day on National 
Public Radio one of the hosts was 
interviewing a guest and asked 
what he thought was the worst 
invention civilization had ever 
come up with. 

His answer shocked me 
somewhat, but upon explanation 
made total sense. 

The response was 
something to the 
effect of "the toilet is 
the worst invention 
civilization has ever 
The toilet? Really? 
The guest justified 
his answer by asking 
what person, what 
civilization, would take 
perfectly drinkable, 
perfectly nourishing, 
life sustaining water 
and flush it down the 
drain with excrement? 
What a waste. His answer makes 
total sense. 

On a seemingly unrelated note, 
earlier this week I read a story 
on about how a non- 


profit in Los Angeles, TreePeople, 

is partnering with the Los 

Angeles Department of Water 

and Power to 

install five large 


cisterns to collect 

rainwater from 

throughout the 

city and use it 

as irrigation and 

yes, flush toilets. 

One of the 
members of 

Andy Lipids, estimates that L.A. 
"hemorrhages" 7.6 billion gallons 
of water when we get one inch 
of rain, and that with his five 
demonstration cisterns they'll 
be able to collect 1.25 million 
gallons of rainwater from one 
inch of rain. 

That's a lot of toilet flushing. 
That's also a brilliant idea. 

Otherwise the same rain that 
hits your roof runs down the 
street into the storm drains and 
carries with it all sorts of nasty 
stuff all the way to the ocean. 

By collecting some of this 
cistern water and using it to flush 
your toilet, it gets treated before 
being discharged into the ocean. 

Los Angeles uses a system of 

therwise the same 
rain that hits your 
roof runs down the 
street into the storm 
drains and carries with 
it all sorts of nasty stuff 
all the way to the ocean. 

horribly inefficient 100-year-old 

aqueducts to route water from 

the Eastern Sierras into the city. 

Acco r d i n g 

to Lipids, 19 

percent of 

the electricity 

and a full 

one-third of 

the natural 

gas the state 

uses are used 

to route water 


the state. 

Are cisterns 

the solution? 

Probably not the whole solution, 
but they're definitely part of the 

My point with all of this is Lipids 
and many other innovators don't 
think about the environment, 
what impact they're having and 
what they can do better only on 
one day. 

They spend the majority of their 
days doing that. 

Maybe we should all be a bit 
more conscious as to how we use 
our natural resources and think 
about it more than one day out 
of the year. 

Instead of Earth Day, make it 
Earth Year. 
Or better yet, an Earth Lifetime. 


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Page 10 

April 29, 2009 

Why is the NFL draft so boring? 

Cory Schuett 

My interest in the NFL draft has 
been consistently diminishing over 
the past few years. 

After sitting through hours of pre- 
draft speculation, not to mention 
the draft itself, I have 
decided to quit watching 
it entirely from now on. 

As with most problems 
I have with sports, this 
can be blamed on that 
four-letter network 
based in Bristol, 

ESPN did a great job 
of creating draft interest 
- one of many things 
ESPN did well in the 
1990s. In this case, they decided to 
change something worthy of note 
into an entertainment extravaganza. 

The main problem with turning 
news into this kid of entertainment 
is that ESPN must incessantly hype 
the draft to make sure it entertains 
sports fans. 

I am no longer putting up with the 
hype overkill around this event that 
essentially boils down to someone 
announcing names at a podium. 

Speaking of which, it baffles me 
that people go to watch the draft in 

ESPN had a five-hour pre-draft 

special - you know, to cover stuff it 

hadn't gotten to over the past several 


On the first day, I saw ESPN bring 

out Stephania Bell, who 

was called an "injury 

analyst/licensed physical 

therapist" Really? 

Then again, this is the 
same network that let 
Emmitt Smith reinvent 
the English language 
for a couple years. If 
you haven't seen the 
YouTube clip where 
Smith says things like 
"committing pelaties" 
and "rice of passage," you need to. 

ESPN hypes the NFL draft the sake 
of hype, and hype must always be fed 
with more hype. For instance, I have 
never seen a reason for mock drafts 
to change from, say, the first week of 
April to draft day. 

The combine and pro days have 
long since passed. What change in 
a prospect's talent profile causes 
him to rise or fall when nothing 
important has happened? 
Its paralysis by analysis. 
Could it be the seemingly endless 
mock-till-you-drop updates are the 

only things that could possibly justify 
the popularity of Mel Kiper Jr. and 
Todd McShay? 

And how is it possible to give a 
team a grade on their draft picks 
hours after the draft? 

There's absolutely no way any 
team deserves an A or an F until the 
draftees actually play on the field. 

Don't get me wrong, though. 
I understand why the draft is so 
important I understand what it 
means to the progression of a team. 

Maybe some of this is due to the 
fact that there is a large group of 
fans that care more about what goes 
into building teams than the actual 

Recruiting Web site star ratings are 
the college version of mock drafts 
and are just as wrongly used to judge 
good players and busts. 

Those fans exist, and if that's what 
you like, that's fine. 

To me, almost all of this is 
information based on conjecture, 
which isn't at all reliable. 

One site already has a 2010 mock 
draft posted, with Tim Tebow being 
drafted by the Rams with the No. 2 

God help us. 

Lacrosse season ends 
with controversial finish 

By Jeff Shalem 

Echo Staff Writer 

With an overall record of 
6-4, the California Lutheran 
University Kingsmen Lacrosse 
team played their last game 
on Sunday, April 19 th against 
Pepperdine University, one of the 
Kingsmen biggest rivalries. 

"We have rivalries with 
Pepperdine, Concordia and 
Occidental. We beat both 
Concordia and Occidental, but 
lost by one to Pepperdine, which 
was really tough on all of us," 
said co-captain Will Scarbrough, 

Even though the Kingsmen 
went out with. a loss, they have 
achieved the two goals they made 
for themselves, doing better than 
a 500 season record and promote 
Stuft Pizza & Brew Co. 

They can also look back on the 
huge victory over University of 
Irvine. According to Scarbrough, 
the Kingsmen would not have 
had a winning season without 
their goalie, Rudy Dini and Lane 
Dagher, who takes their face- 

However, the winning season 
and many accomplishments the 
Kingsmen made this season they 
were not able to participate in 

"I'm very disappointed that 

we were disqualified from the 
playoffs, especially since it 
would have been the first time 
CLU lacrosse would make it 
to the postseason," said Gavin 
Ongsingco, senior. Many of the 
players are very upset about the 
season ending. 

"I don't feel good at all about 
the season ending because the 
league wouldn't let us participate 
in the playoffs because we were 
on probation for not having a 
coach earlier in the season and 
any team that is on probation 
can't go any further than the 
regular season," said Lane 
Dagher, junior. 

According to Dagher, it's hard 
to watch other teams advance to 
playoffs since the Kingsmen have 
come so far in the past couple of 

"This team has gone such a 
long way since my first year 
playing lacrosse, four years ago. 
Other than improvements in 
skill, team chemistry was the 
best I have ever seen it this past 
season. The older members of 
the team really stuck it out to 
get this team to function as one 
unit," said Ongsingco. 

Unfortunately, the majority 
of the players have played their 
last season and are graduating 
in May. 

"I look forward to rebuilding 

the team since everyone is 
graduating. It's going to be very 
interesting to see how the team 
does," said Dagher. 

According to Scarbrough, the 
Kingsmen need a young roster 
and a new coach. 

"Unless we get more players, 
the team won't have a full roster 
to field a team and the team will 
cease to exist. Unless we get a 
coach, the teams success will also 
plateau," said Scarbrough. 

"Getting a coach is going to 
be the most important thing for 
next year. The returning players 
are going to have to get better 
and become leaders to recruit 
new guys and teach them how 
to play before it gets too late into 
the season," said Dagher on the 
upcoming season. 

"That way we can have 
a winning season and the 
opportunity to make it to 
playoffs again." 

Lacrosse has become a huge 
hobby for these Kingsmen 

"CLU lacrosse is a group of guys 
who just like to play ball. When 
you watch the CLU lacrosse 
games, with some random 
person acting as a stand in coach, 
you will see that this is a team of 
self-motivated guys who just love 
to play ball and compete" said 

Softball loses 
final games and 
hopes of playoff 

Regals miss 
playoffs by 

By Melissa Conway 

Echo Staff Writer 

Last Friday the Regals 
softball team played their last 
SCIAC game against La Verne. 

The pair of losses concluded 
the regular season for the 
Regals softball team. 

CLU was unable to obtain a 
win, losing the first one 8-0 
in five inning run-ruled game 
and followed that with a 10-2 
loss that was stopped after six 

Junior Emily Robertson was 
able to add to her record- 
setting this year, hitting a 
home run in the second game. 

Robertson broke the school 
record for home runs in a 
season this year with 13 and 

"I'm very confident for 
next year, we are very 
young and have amazing 

— Lizzie Novak 

became the all-time leader in 
career homers at CLU with 
The CLU softball team could 

only watch on Saturday as 
Whittier College won its final 
two games and earned the 
fourth seed in the four-team 
SCIAC Tournament. 

The Regals came just 
short of being in the SCIAC 

It came down to CLU 
and Whittier they both had 
identical 11-13 records in 
SCIAC play and tied for 
fourth place. 

Unfortunately the Poets had 
a better record against the top 
three teams in the conference 
and were able to take the 

Cal Lutheran finished the 
2009 campaign with a 23-17 
overall mark and the 11-13 
conference record in a season. 

Fortunately, the Regals 
consist of freshmen, 

sophomores, and juniors so 
the squad will all be back next 
year and ready to go with new 
recruits coming in. 
' "I'm very confident for 
next year, we are very young 
and have amazing talent," 
sophomore Lizzie Novak said. 

"Next year I see us 
dominating and being one 
of the top teams. We have 
the talent and intelligence as 
athletes and we have grown 
so much this year to be able to 
take it to the next season." 

Robertson finished off her 
junior campaign with 1 1 
home runs bringing her Regal 
career total to 24. 

Photo courtesy of Kevin Kixter 

The Regals up to bat at their final SCIAC game against La Verne. 

April 29, 2009 


The Echo - Page 1 1 

Football looks 
to fill voids 

By Selase Amoaku 
Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen football team has 
big shoes to fill after losing 14 seniors, 
seven of them starters, but coaches are 
confident they can get it done. 

Last season the Kingsmen football 
team finished second in SC1AC 
with a 7-2 record. They also had the 
No. 5 overall defense in the country. 
The team's two losses of the year 
came to two undefeated teams (Oxy, 

The big spots to fill will come from 
the defensive side as the Kingsmen lose 
All-American and SC1AC defensive 
player of the year, Jacob Calderon, all- 
SCIAC selection Clayton Cardenas, 
captain Ebere Winston, nose tackle 
Ian Freeman and nickel back Selase 

However, the "black shirt" 
Kingsmen defense return six starters 
from the top-rated defense. Defensive 
lineman Sawyer Merrill, second team 
A11-SC1AC selection Roland Jenkins 
and All-SCIAC and All-West Region 
selection Victor Edwards are expected 
to be huge contributors as well safeties 
Eric Lopes and Garrett Redd 

The defense is looking for quick 
fixes as scouts have recruited several 
community college athletes to . fill 
positions of need. 

"Nose Jackie and defensive end are 
positions looking to get filled on the 
line as these positions are the hardest 
to fill in NCAA Dm football, so were 
looking for a good nose "guard," said 
Anthony Lugo, a second-year Assistant 
coach and defensive backs coach in die 

"A Ventura College comer is looking 
to contribute right away with a blazing 
4.4 speed and long arms as a person of 
high interest in the recruiting process, 
but nothing has been set in stone. 

Linebackers are looking to sophomores 
Jake Norlock and Mike Azhocar to 
step up and join Roland Jenkins as the 
enforcers of the defense." 

As for the offense, the Kingsmen have 
a majority of the core players returning, 
but have been hit with some significant 

CLU will graduate All-SCIAC 
selection wide receiver Danny 
Hernandez, spiritual leader [esse 
Matlock and man-child Kyle Van Vales 
at the tight end position, but coaches 
feels that recruiting is going better than 
anticipated and young guys are looking 
to step up. 

Returning starters include second 
team All-SCIAC selection Jericho 
Toilolo, running back Antoine Adams, 
All-SCIAC and All- West Region kicker 
Jackson Damron and a solid core of 
young linemen including center Matt 
Rosen, who started most of last season 

"We're returning tons of experience 
at all positions including receiver, but 
were still looking for that game breaker 
at either running back or wideout, 
but our success this year will mostly 
revoke around the chemistry and 
experience of the team," said Jericho 
Toilolo, Kingsmen two-year starting 

Even though a plethora of experience 
is leaving CLU, coaches and players 
alike are optimistic about what the 
future has in store for the Kingsmen 
Inside sources say that spring training 
is progressing and athletes are already 
looking bigger and faster, a testament 
to the desire left behind from the 
graduating class and the expectations 
of the program. 

"I'm hoping they can pull it off next 
season, expectations are high for them 
from what we did last season and 
I'm hoping some guys can come in 
and maintain that elevation of the 
program," said Cardenas. 

^syofScoti Chishokn 

Senior Joy Cyprian contributed five goals to the Regals SCIAC title. 

Regals capture 
SCIAC crown 

Regals land spot 
in Division I 

By Tiffany Michaels 

Echo Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen line works on the blocking for next season. 

The California Lutheran Regals 
water polo team came from 
behind and won the SCIAC 
championships for the first time 
in CLU history. 

Cal Lutheran (19-12, 10- 
SCIAC) will play for the 
first time in the 2009 NCAA 
Championships that takes place 
May 8-10", at the University of 

After only six seasons, CLU 
coach Craig Rond brought his 
team to the victory and reached 
the crucial goal as a coach, to win 
a title. 

On Sunday, in the conference 
title game the Regals won 8-7 
over Pomona-Pitzer. 

The Regals took the lead early 
in the game, 1-0, which was the 

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only lead they held until the last 
2 minutes of regulation. 

Pomona came right back to tie 
up the game. 

The Sagehens pushed the lead 
to 4-2 by the first quarter, and 7- 
4 by the end of the first half. 

During the second half CLU 
made an impressive comeback 

"We're a young team and 
you can bet we're only 
going to get better in the 
years to come." 

— Gabriella Gomez 

and held the Sagehens scoreless. 

CLU scored one goal in 
the third quarter, bringing 
the score to 7-5 going into 
the fourth quarter. 

Meredith Butte tied 
the game at 7-7, and Joy 
Cyprian won the game 
with a goal with just 
over two minutes left in 

Cyprian had an 
impressive game with five 
goals, Ashley Bentz had 
two and Butte had one. 

"This team deserved the 
win," Gabriella Gomez 
said. "We're a young team 
and you can bet we're 
only going to get better in 
years to come." 

The Regals beat 
Redlands in the semi- 
finals on Saturday to earn 
their way into the finals 
with a final score of 9-5. 

Junior Ashley Bentz led 
the team with four goals 

and four steals. 

" Tvpf iTn also scorelTTwo i>! the 

nine goals. 

Juniors Butte and Lauren 
Bridges each had one goal. 

Kelsey Bergemann added one 
goal to the score. 

First year goalie Rachel Hahn 
made a total seven saves, and 
sophomore Bobby Sanders made 
five steals. 

The Regals beat Caltech in 
the first round of the SCIAC 
tournament on Friday with a 7-0 
victory and a team effort of six 
different Regals. 

"We're a tight knit team," 
Gomez said. 

"That's a key part in us winning 

Photo courtesy of Scott Chisholm 
77ie Regals mark their place in history as SCIAC 

Page 12 -The Echo 


April 29. 2009 

Baseball takes one of three from Sagehens 

Kingsmen hope 
for at-large bid for 
post season 

By Andrew Parrone 

Echo Staff Writer 

After dropping two out of 
three games against SCIAC 
No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer, the 
Cal Lutheran baseball team 
can only make postseason 
as an at-large bid. 

Though the Kingsmen 
played the Sagehens tough, 
they lost the first two 
games of'the series, 8-7 and 

CLU was able to salvage 
the final game. of the series, 
winning 10-7. 

Their record now stands 
at 28-9 overall, 14-4- in 
conference play. 

"Our guys felt confident 
going into the series and 
this last win will keep us 
that way." 

— Marty Slimak 

Pomona-Pitzer [33-4 

overall, 17-1 in SCIAC], 
the third ranked team in 
the nation according to 
D3, now has 

clinched at least a share 
of the SCIAC title and will 
receive the conference's 
automatic bid into the 
NCAA Division III baseball 

The Kingsmen can make 
the playoffs as an at-large 
team if they are voted in 
the top six of the Western 

The team can help its cause 
with a strong series this 
weekend against Whittier 

They travel to face the 
Poets [12-25 overall, 6-12 
in SCIAC] on Friday, and 
host a doubleheader at 
George "Sparky" Anderson 
Field at Ullman Stadium on 
Saturday, starting at 1 1 am. 

Head Coach Marty Slimak 
was pleased with the effort 
of his team despite the two 
tough losses. 

"This was just a great three 
game series for both teams," 
he said. 

"Both teams just played 
lights out. There was no give 
or take. Each game could 
have gone either way." 

The first game was the 
closest of the series. 

Senior Nick Reitz and 
junior Paul Hartmann 
each homered and had the 
Kingsmen up two runs late 
in the game, but Pomona 
answered with three runs 
in the eighth and stole the 

"I think our whole team 
was there for the games," 
Hartmann said. 

"Our intensity was great 
we just made a few mistakes. 
We were in every game, just 
a couple of times things did 
not go our way." 

Juniors Jordan Ott and 
Chris Hertz each hit solo 
home runs in the first 
home game, but again the 
Sagehens scored eight runs 
and prevented the Kingsmen 
from taking the series. 

The Kingsmen secured the 
win in the final game with a 
solid all-around effort. 

Junior right-hander Chase 
Tigert pitched over six . 
innings, gave up only four 
runs and picked up his 
seventh win of the season. 

Ott and Reitz homered 
again and senior Nick 
Dingman picked up his 
fourth and fifth RBI of the 

Though losing the series 

"I still think we are bet- 
ter than them [P-P] in 
every aspect of the game 

■ Paul Hartmann 

hurt, wirfning the final 
game took off some of the 

Photo by Ma: 

Kingsmen bats look to keep the offense strong when they face top-ranked 

"It was huge to get that 
last game because you never 
want to be swept, especially 
on your own field," Slimak 

"Our guys felt confident 
going into the series and 
this last win will keep us 
that way." 

Despite the outcome of the 

series, the Kingsmen believe 
they can defeat anyone. 

"I think offensively they 
were the best team we have 
faced because each of their 
players could hit well," 
Hartmann said. 

"I still think we are better 
than them in every aspect of 
the game though." 

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SCIAC Women's Water Polo Standings 



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